Because family nurse practitioners are prepared to handle patient care across the lifespan under the family practice umbrella, they are qualified to work in many different healthcare environments across a diverse selection of nursing specialties.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners work primarily in physician’s offices, and also are very prominent in hospitals and outpatient care centers:
Where nurse practitioners are most often employed
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|Outpatient care centers
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The versatility and many skills possessed by FNPs make them indispensable resources in many different settings:
- Family practice
- Primary care
- Public health
- Retail health clinics
- Acute care
- Psychiatry/mental health
- Urgent care clinics
- Emergency rooms
- Veterans administration
- Women’s health
The “family” difference – FNP vs. NP
The difference between family nurse practitioner (FNP) and nurse practitioner (NP) is in the word “family.” FNP’s specialize in family medicine and NP’s may specialize in one of several different medical areas; usually in a specific age range (pediatric, adult, or geriatric). Becoming an FNP qualifies you across the spectrum of family care, making you highly valuable in wider variety of different medical institutions.
How much you can make as a family nurse practitioner
Because of their qualification for such a range of care in many different institutions, you can make an excellent salary as a family nurse practitioner.
The average salary for a family nurse practitioner is $110,030 per year ($52.90 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary will vary based on the type of institution and where you’re employed. Find more details concerning the average family nurse practitioner salary and see estimates by state.
Your career begins with your education
Your first step to becoming a family nurse practitioner is earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree if you haven’t already. With your BSN you will be eligible to enroll in our online FNP program and work towards your master’s degree.
Herzing University’s goal is to help you advance in your career, become possible and realize your dreams. We’re with you every step of the way.