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New York Health Careers

Nurse Practitioners

What Do Nurse Practitioners Do?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses (RNs) with advanced training in a practice specialty. NPs specialize in areas such as acute care, adult health, women’s health, family health, school health, community health, oncology, gerontology, psychiatry, geriatrics, pediatrics, palliative care, mental health, and others.

NPs serve as primary and specialty care providers, providing a blend of nursing and health care services to patients and families. NPs may diagnose and treat patients, as well as prescribe medications for a wide array of acute and chronic illnesses. NPs provide primary care to patients, including taking patient histories, conducting physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, educating patients on disease prevention, giving vaccinations, and referring patients for additional care.

The state of New York requires NPs to have a collaborative agreement in place with a physician, yet NPs are autonomous and do not practice under the supervision of the collaborating physician. Legislation has been introduced in New York to increase the scope of practice for NPs.

To learn more about this profession in New York, see www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/
For more information, please go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm.

Where Do Nurse Practitioners Work?

NPs work in a variety of clinical settings depending on their areas of specialization. These settings include physician’s and specialist’s private practices, health clinics, community health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies. NPs may also be educators, administrators, or researchers and work in schools or offices.

What Do Nurse Practitioners Earn?

According to the 2016 BLS, the average base salary for full-time NPs nationwide was $100,910, varying by specialty and geographic region. Average annual salary also varies greatly across New York State, depending on location. NPs in New York earned a median annual salary of $113,360 (entry-level: $84,860, experienced: $131,510).

Supply and Demand

Between 2014 and 2024, the BLS estimates that the number of jobs available for NPs will increase by 35.2% nationally, and by 32.0% in New York.

Today, NPs are working in more specialties and in more settings, and their range of expertise and skills has become more widely understood, accepted, and in demand. Experts agree that there are excellent opportunities for increases in the NP workforce nationwide as primary care and preventive care become even more important priorities due to the federal Affordable Care Act. Also, it is anticipated that significant growth in the number of older Americans will also lead to increases in demand for the array of health services provided by NPs.

New York anticipates increased demand for nurse practitioners in the coming years, too. In 2010, 31% of surveyed New York hospitals said they anticipated hiring more NPs in the future. That may be at least partly because large numbers of New York NPs are nearing retirement age. The vacancy rate for NP positions increased from 7.8%  in 2009 to 11.8% in 2010. For more information on nurse practitioners by New York State labor regions, click here.

Education Requirements for NPs

NPs must be at least bachelor’s degree-prepared RNs and must maintain licensure as an RN. In addition, NPs must have advanced education and clinical training to practice. NPs must earn a master’s degree in nursing while specializing in one or more areas of care, such as adult care, gerentology, community care, family health, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry, palliative care, and women’s health, among others. Coursework may include health promotion, physical assessment, and nursing research, and all require a supervised clinical practicum.

NPs must graduate from a New York State approved NP education program. For more information about NP education programs in New York, please go to the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State Web site page here.

New York Licensure Requirements

In order to qualify for certification as a NP in New York, an applicant must be licensed as an RN in New York and complete an NP education program registered with the New York State Education Department. NPs providing patient care must also have a practice agreement with a collaborating physician and establish practice protocols.

NPs relicense every three years in New York and update their national certification every five years through ongoing training and education. NPs must have a master’s degree before sitting for the national certification exam.
For more information, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/np.htm.

Financial Support

The New York State Department of Education lists state and federal scholarships, grants, and loans available to students entering the nursing field or nurses interested in pursuing additional education–view this resource here.

Educational Programs in New York (subject to change)

For additional details about education programs, see the New York State Department of Education Web site page here.

Adelphi University
School of Nursing
Alumnae Hall, Room 220
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY  11530-0701
(800) ADELPHI
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Department of Nursing
The Academy 452
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, New York 10471
(718) 405-3351
Columbia University
617 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
College of Staten Island
CUNY
Marcus Hall (5S), Room 109
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-3845 or (718) 982-2000
Hunter College
CUNY
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY  10010
(212) 481-4457
Lehman College
CUNY
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8000
D’Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(845) 359-7800
Daemen College
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652
Dominican College
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
(845)349-7800
Long Island University
Brooklyn Campus
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201-8423
(718) 488-1059
Long Island University
Post Campus
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
(516) 299-2320
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Maria Regina Hall
Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002
(516) 678-5000
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, New York, 12550
(845) 569-3402
New York University
College of Nursing
726 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5300
Pace University
Lienhard School of Nursing
New York City Campus
163 William Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038
or
Pleasantville Campus
861 Bedford Road
Lienhard Hall, Room 28
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 773-3552
(866) 722-3338
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 385-8471 or (585) 385-8000
Downstate Medical Center
State University of New York
College of Nursing
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7600
Stony Brook University
School of Nursing
101 Nicolls Road
Health Sciences Center, Level 2
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8240
(631) 444-3200
Binghamton University
State University of New York
Decker School of Nursing
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
(607) 777-4614
SUNY Institute of Technology
at Utica/Rome
100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7347 or (866) 2 SUNYIT
Upstate Medical University
State University of New York
College of Nursing
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 464-4276 or (315) 464-4277
The College of New Rochelle
School of Nursing
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(914) 654-5000
The Sage Colleges
School of Health Sciences
Ackerman Hall
65 1st St.
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2231
University at Buffalo
State University of New York
School of Nursing
103 Wende Hall
3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 829-2537
University of Rochester
School of Nursing
Box SON
Helen Wood Hall
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
(585) 275-2375
Wagner College
Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing
Campus Hall, 3rd floor
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-3440
LeMoyne College
1419 Salt Springs Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13214
(800) 333-4733
Keuka College
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478
(315) 279-5000

Additional Web Links

For more information on NPs, go to:
the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Web site at: www.aanp.org;
the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State Web site at: http://www.thenpa.org/.

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