Nurse practitioners are dedicated professionals who stand in the gap of a healthcare system with vast shortages. Individuals with NP credentials can work as primary care providers within clinics and other facilities or alongside doctors in independent practices. They help provide medical care to rural and underserved populaces across the country, especially in areas where there aren’t enough doctors to see all patients.
Nurses with MSNs and a concentration in practical nursing or DNP degrees may also contribute to the future of healthcare in organizational leadership, public health or nurse education positions. Programs vary from school to school, but RNs seeking these credentials can often choose to specialize, with options including concentrations such as family practice, mental health, pediatrics and adult gerontology. The wide array of online paths toward nursing practice degrees lets individuals choose RN-to-MSN, BSN-to-MSN, BSN-to-DNP and post-master’s graduate certification tracks.