The Importance Of The Path To Become A Nurse Practitioner

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That first moment when the doctor is walking in, but then we realize they are not a doctor. They introduce themselves as a Nurse Practitioner and this catches us off guard. Why am I not seeing an actual doctor? Is this nurse qualified enough to be trusted with my health? At first we are annoyed with this fact but we are there for reason so let us get on with it. We talk to them, express our concerns and they listen. We slowly start to realize they are truly listening to our concerns and working with us to find an answer to our problems. They involve us in the decision making process and see how we actually feel about what they are suggesting. At the end of it all, we come out feeling a lot better, not just because they helped us, but because …show more content…
First off, when one is deciding to pursue the field of nursing, basic general credits must be obtained first. This is considered the “weeding out” process to who can handle the rigorous process of such a program as in nursing school. One must pass all the classes such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology (Maryland). All of these classes comes with a lab to be completed also at the same time. This start to a career is nursing makes it seen if someone can handle the work that is involved in becoming a …show more content…
After working hands on with patients and getting a feel for what taking care of people really feels like, the Nurse practitioner program is within grasp. This is another time staking process for just applying. They look at everything from grades to job experience and select just a few to be accepted into the program. This is an intense eighteen month program that focuses on building ones knowledge to be able to diagnose potential patient’s problems. This program consists of forty four credits and six hundred and fifty clinical hours (Georgetown). All of the clinical hours in both programs contributes to the way Nurse Practitioners tend to show more empathy to their patients then many physicians do

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