If you are interested in nursing there are several carrier options available now. Here we discuss the two main nursing specializations (Nurse practitioner vs. nurse anesthetist). Before selecting your path as an advanced nurse practitioner you need to have an idea about the carrier opportunities that you will have.
Who is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse. The nurse who cares the acute and chronic patients are called nurse practitioners. They will have a bundle of duties. Drug administration, patient primary care, maintenan,ce and documentation, etc.
Other than daily patient care, they act as teachers, managers, advisers, advocates in different situations. They can be classified according to the types of patients they care for. Whether they care for children, adults, or psychiatric patients.
After completing the bachelors’ of science in nursing, a nurse can be a registered nurse. After gaining experience as a registered nurse for a few years, the registered nurses can follow a master’s degree or a doctorate in nursing to become a nurse practitioner.
A nursing practitioner can earn more than 60% when compared to the salary of a registered nurse.
A nurse practitioner always deals with their patients. It is important to build a good nurse-patient relationship with their patients. Therefore a nurse practitioner must have good communicational skills and interpersonal skills. She/he must show empathy towards patients. Sometimes a nurse practitioner cares for their patients until their death. So they are an important group of nurses to the health care sector.
Sometimes a nurse practitioner will be a mentor. It is important to be tactful during decision making and when facing sensitive situations.
Salary of a nurse practitioner.
The average salary will be about $92,907 but this can vary according to their specialization. If you are a nurse practitioner in a specialized area like cardiology or oncology you are able to gain a high salary.
Many nurses select their carrier to become nurse practitioners because they will able to obtain a huge knowledge during the practice and they are able to earn more.
Who is a nurse anesthetist?
A nurse practitioner will have a wider range of duties but the registered nurse anesthetist is responsible during patient anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist will assist the anesthesiologist during the surgeries and also they are allowed to administer anesthesia during their practice.\
A nurse anesthesiologist will have a big responsibility on the shoulder during anesthesia. She/he must monitor the vital signs and signs of complications during the general anesthesia and must consider the patent recovery after anesthesia.
They will decide which type of anesthesia is suitable for the patient according to the condition.
Same as the nurse practitioner, a registered nurse must follow a master’s degree related to an anesthetic educational program after the registration as a nurse. They must gain enough clinical experience prior to the administration of anesthesia.
A nurse anesthetist must develop good communicational skills as they need to build trust within patients before they make them sleep.
Salary of a nurse anesthetist
The average salary of a certified registered nurse anesthetist is about $146,212. You can raise your salary after specialization in your field as trauma, emergency, or obstetrics.
Nurse practitioner vs. nurse anesthetist
Both nursing practitioners and nurse anesthetist start their carrier after completing a master’s degree in science and they must master their knowledge in nursing, pharmacology, pathology, and physiology.
When we compare the duties and the responsibilities of the nurse practitioner and the nurse anesthetist there are several differences. A nurse practitioner will assess the patient and care is delivered in both acute and chronic conditions.
A nurse anesthetist will responsible for administering anesthesia and epidural placement. They will monitor patients during sedation, monitor vital signs, and check for any complications. Therefore the nurse anesthetists must develop thorough knowledge about the anesthesia types and drugs used in different anesthesia types.
When it comes to the salary. Always nurse anesthetics are paid more than the nurse practitioners as they are having a higher responsibility and they are more skillful.
According to the reports of the American nurses association, they state that there are about 350 institutions that conduct nurse practitioner academic programs within the United States. And there are about 120 nurse anesthetist programs within the United State.
Within the United States, Nurse practitioners can certify their specialization through organizations like the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. While nurse anesthetics can obtain their certification through the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
Among the nurse practitioners, 8% are males while the remaining positions are held by females. Therefore the majority of the nurse practitioners are female. But this difference in nurse anesthetist. 40% of nurse anesthetists are males. That means more male nurses have selected their carrier as anesthetist nurses.
Whatever the path you select or the position you hold, the primary goal and the duty of a nurse will remain the same. Protect the standards and follow ethical principles they you will shine in our position forever.