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How to Choose Your Nurse Practitioner Specialty in 2019

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Being a nurse practitioner is an exciting job that takes a ton of dedication and hard work. The demand for nurse practitioners is high, but with so many different areas of specialty, such as a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, gerontology nurse practitioner or emergency nurse practitioner, how do you know which area is right for you?

What Do You Want (What Do You Really, Really Want)?

Do you absolutely adore children and babies? Then perhaps being a pediatric nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner is your best bet. Does the idea of learning more about what makes a person tick feel like your calling? A psychiatric nurse practitioner might just be the job for you. There are lots of different nurse practitioner specialties, so give some thought to the kind of nursing that truly excites you. If you choose something you enjoy, you’ll have way more fun and a longer career being the best nurse practitioner you can be.


Location, Location, Location

Where you work can make all the difference. If a hospital job in Chicago sounds daunting, but a smaller hospital sounds interesting, consider making your way to a rural area that desperately needs emergency nurse practitioners. Different locations will need certain types of NPs, so decide where you want to live and have a look at the NP job openings available. Basing your job on location may make your specialty decision much easier.

Are You a Competitive Person?

The truth is, your local hospital only needs, for instance, so many neonatal nurse practitioners or emergency nurse practitioners. If you aren’t interested in competing with other NPs for job positions, then factor this into your area of specialty for something with less competition, like an FNP who can open their own practice. Of course, landing a better job starts with being the smartest of the applicants that apply, and that begins with better studying habits. Picmonic can help you study with pathways that correlate to your schooling, and will help you retain up to 331 percent more information than just learning with NP flash cards (crazy, right?!) Sign up for a free trial today to see for yourself!


Make a Wager on your Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Do you have an idea of what kind of money you’d like to make? Salaries vary within the nurse practitioner community, though in general, nurse practitioners make an average of $100,000 a year, but wages go up or down depending on the area of practice, such as with pediatric nurse practitioners, who can make around $80,000 a year. Deciding the kind of salary you would like to make and choosing that way could make finding your nurse practitioner specialty much easier.

First Things First

With so many interesting nurse practitioner specialties, it can be difficult to narrow it down to just one. Picmonic can help you carve out some time by helping you learn faster with our mnemonic visual study guides that use fun stories and characters to boost retention, all while making studying more enjoyable with features like a daily quiz that’s tailor-made just for you, based on the facts you need to know! Sign up for a free trial today!








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Marlee Liberman

Marlee Liberman, RN, Master Nursing Scholar

As a registered nurse, Marlee understands the struggles that nursing school throws at you – not to mention the overwhelming pressure preparing for the NCLEX®! Marlee brings a unique skill set and perspective to Picmonic with her previous degree in broadcast journalism, her creativity in video production, and her wandering nomad lifestyle. Her blend of talents provides her with the knack for simplifying complicated concepts and demystifying the world of nursing.

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