Nursing Careers

What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who use theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of people of all ages. As a healthcare provider, the NP may:

  • Assess patient health status
  • Provide disease prevention and health promotion services
  • Diagnose and treat common acute health problems
  • Manage care for stable, but chronically ill, patients
  • Manage prenatal care during pregnancy
  • Participate in or manage clinical research projects

What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?

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A clinical nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse with a specialty practice focus. CNS's use knowledge from theory and research to deliver expert nursing care and to improve nursing care given by others. CNS's provide clinical leadership by: 

  • Providing expert nursing care to complex patients in various health care settings
  • Leading the transition of individual patient care across settings such as from hospital to home or rehabilitation facility
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating programs of care for groups of patients with similar care needs
  • Developing and evaluating innovative cost-effective interventions to improve patient/clinical outcomes
  • Leading multidisciplinary teams to coordinate healthcare services and to implement best practice models
  • Mentoring nursing staff in solving patient care problems and delivering high quality, safe care

Potential Employment Opportunities for Graduates in

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
    • Collaborative clinical practice
    • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
    • School-based clinics
    • Tertiary care specialty programs
    • Urgent/emergency room
    • Group clinical practice/HMOs
    • Private practice
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Intensive care units
    • Trauma units
    • Specialty practices
    • Cardiopulmonary
    • Neurology
    • Surgery
    • Oncology
    • Emergency departments
    • Acute long-term care facilities
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Collaborative clinical practice
    • Nurse-managed clinics
    • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
    • Specialty practice
    • Community clinic
    • Group clinical practice/HMOs
    • Occupational health
    • Urgent/emergency room
    • Prisons
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Community mental health centers
    • Ambulatory care settings
    • Government agencies
    • Private group practice
    • Hospital settings
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Collaborative clinical practice
    • Nurse-managed clinics
    • School-based clinics
    • Occupational health
    • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
    • Specialty practice
    • Community clinic
    • Group clinical practice/HMOs
    • Urgent/emergency room
    • Prisons
  • Nursing Leadership in Health Systems
    • Hospitals
    • Academic settings
    • Community health agencies
    • Government/public policy organizations
    • Corporate industry
    • Private consultation
    • Entrepreneur
  • Nursing Education
    • Academic settings
    • Hospitals
    • Community health agencies
    • Private industry
    • Privately supported educational institutions
  • Adult-Gerontology CNS
    • Hospitals and acute care
    • Rehabilitation care
    • Long-term care
    • Accountable care organizations
    • Assisted living
    • Community heath agencies and clinics
    • Corporate industry/occupational health
    • Private practice settings
  • Pediatric CNS
    • Hospitals and acute care
    • Rehabilitation care
    • Accountable care organizations
    • Community heath agencies and clinics
    • Private practice settings