Overview of Nursing Practitioner Specialties

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who are trained through an intensive and advanced clinical and educational training regimen to provide most of the care that patients need. Nurse practitioners are able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team in nearly any medical care setting. Some of the largest demand for employment in the medical field is nurse practitioners.

There are several specialties in the field of nurse practitioners:

Family Nurse Practitioners
Focus on family health and assist in doctor’s offices whose physicians and also focus on family medical care. The average salary for a FNP is $96,000.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
These specialists focus on the care of infants, children and adolescents. They are able to diagnose illnesses, order tests, and provide treatment, medication, and therapies for the pediatric patient. The average salary for a PNP is $93,000.

Adult Nurse Practitioners
These specialists are similar to family nurse practitioners, but they focus on health care issues of adults, often heart health and other concerns more focused on older patients. The average salary for an ANP is $107,000.

Geriatric Nurse Practitioners
These nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose and manage the acute and chronic diseases of older patients. These nurse practitioners meet the medical, psychological, and functional needs of their elderly patients. The average salary for a GNP is $106,000.

Women’s Healthcare Nursing Practitioners
These nurse practitioners are experts in woman-focused health promotion and disease prevention, The average salary of WHNP is $86,000.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
Neonatal nurse practitioners take care of newborn babies, especially those with health problems upon birth, such as resperiatory problems, heart problems, and other conerns that newborns may face. The average salary for NNP is $80,000.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
These nurse practitioners provide primary care to acutely- or critically-ill young adult, middle-age, and/or geriatric adults. The average salary of for the ACNP is $83,000.

Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners
Often the OHNP works for and in businesses to help manage health issues that might be associated with a particular line of work. Occupational health nurse practioners may also advise other employees of a business how to avoid workplace injuries and illnesses. The average salary for OHNP is $85,000.

Certified Nurse Midwife
These health care professionals provide health care involving emotional and physical support to women before, during, and after childbirth. The average salary of CNM is $84,000.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
A certified registered nurse anesthetist assists the anesthesiologist in all aspects of delivering the anisthesia before, during and after the surgery. The average salary for the CRNA is around $160,000.