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How many hours a week will a neonatal nurse practitioner work? What different responsibilities does a nurse practitioner have than a regular nurse?

I'm a senior in high school and i'm interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. I would like to make more than an regular nurse though need to have time for a family.#medicine #nurse-practitioner

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Mary’s Answer

As an NP you will probably do 8hour shifts multiple days a week. Ultimately it depends on your employment facility. As an NP you have the responsibility of assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients. You can prescribe medications. Registered nurses cannot. You are more independent and the go-to person. In order to become an NP you first need to receive your BSN , become licensed, should get experience, then go back to school and proceed from there.
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A neonatal nurse practitioner will likely work 12 hour shifts at the hospital. They attend high-risk births, and tend to infants in the NICU. Most neonatal nurse practitioners must have several years experience in the NICU before they are accepted into NNP school. As previously stated, a nurse practitioner will assess, diagnose, and treat. In many states, they can practice independently, without the supervision or collaboration of a physician.

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