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Nurse Practitioner Specialties

NP roles continue to expand. Here are links to articles about practice areas you may not have considered.

About NP Specialty Practice

NP Specialties

Acute Care

Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care

The Scope of Acute Care Practice

Emergency Department

Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department

The Breast Cancer Navigator


NPs in Endocrinology


NP Hospitalists

Diary of an NP Hospitalist

NPs in Transplant Medicine


NPs in Nephrology


NPs in Oncology


NPs in Orthopedics

NP Specialty Q&A: Orthopedics (audio)


NPs in Urology

NP Specialty Q&A: Urology (audio)

Veterans Health

NPs in Veterans Health

Hot Topics Archives

I was very inspired seeing this website. I have been sure for a long time that I want to be a Nurse Practitioner, just not sure what field yet. Some mentorship would help. I love seeing NPs at work and the amount of knowledge they can bring to bear in many situations along with the professionalism they dispense with when working with MDs and PAs. It helps to know there are other specialties I can take after gaining considerable RN experience.

Jon Porres,  ED Technician/Unit Coordinator,  St Joseph Medical CenterJanuary 13, 2011
Bellingham, WA

Your article regarding NPs in the Emergency Dept was concerning. Your own statement, "The standard for emergency health care requires an emergency care provider to be in the specialty of emergency care." contradicts the current trend of "69% are family NPs". Nothing in the family practice, primary care education prepares an FNP to work in the Emergency Room. This article could, unwittingly, provide excellent fodder for a malpractice attorney to hold forth should a bad outcome occur in an ER patient being tended to by an FNP. While we are all aware that as many as 30% of patients in the ER setting (your figure) can be dealt with by the NP, a whopping 70% may be outside thier scope of practice.
I am often confronted by new FNP grad's future ER employers asking me to certify that they are prepared to work in the ER as NPs. Yes, they may be emergency room nurses, but they are NOT Emergency NPs. The list of duties that are sent with the job descriptions in no way reflect what a primary care education prepares them to manage.

Deborah WilliamsSeptember 28, 2009

Do you know the proportion of Women's Health Nurse Practitioners working in the USA with Master's Degrees versus those with just advanced training certificates?

Douglas Eckert,  Data Analyst,  22d Med Gp ClinicMarch 06, 2009
McConnell AFB, KS


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