Nurse Practitioner Jobs
Onward MD offers nationwide nurse practitioner jobs for locum tenens and permanent opportunities in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, surgical centers, private practices, outpatient facilities, and other specialty facilities. By working as a nurse practitioner, you'll receive leading pay and benefits, while experiencing the flexibility you’ve always desired from your nursing career.
Below is a list of our most recent locum tenens nurse practitioner jobs. If you're interested in speaking with one of our experts, please submit your profile or contact us to find out about other available opportunities.
Responsibilities Inherent To Nurse Practitioner Jobs
Nurse Practitioners can perform a diverse set of patient services, including ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic conditions, prescribe medications, and manage a patient's care overall. They're also trained for patient counseling and to consult patients about how their lifestyle may be affecting their health and well-being.
The American Academy Of Nurse Practitioners define the areas of specialization of nurse practitioners as follows:
- Acute Care
- Adult Health
- Family Health
- Gerontology Health
- Neonatal Health
- Pediatric/Child Health
- Psychiatric/Mental Health
- Women's Health
Subspecialties areas of NPs include: Allergy & immunology, cardiovascular, dermatology, emergency, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hermatology & oncology, neurology, occupational health, orthopedics, pulmonology & respiratory, sports medicine, and urology.
Nurse Practitioner Jobs As A Growing & Evolving Profession
Since its establishment in the mid 1960's, the profession of nurse practitioner has been rapidly growing and evolving. Originally, the position was created to relieve overburdened physicians, and to address an anticipated nationwide physician shortage.
The requirements to become a qualified NP have increased steadily throughout the decades. During the 1960's and 1970's, existing Registered Nurses could be trained as nurse practitioners. During the 1980s, standards were put in place which required NPs to pursue a graduate-level master's degree programs. By 2015, all new nurse practitioners will be required to be trained at the doctorate level, as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
As of 2011, there were approximately 140,000 practicing NPs in the USA, with more than 50,000 in full-time practice. This workforce is growing steadily, with colleges and universities are preparing about 9,000 new professionals annually. However, even with these numbers, the shortage of physicians is so great that 28 states are considering legislation to expand the independence and prescription privileges of practitioners to address the issue.
Getting Started In A Locum Tenens Job
Nurse practitioners working as locum tenens relieve the staffing crisis NPs and physicians face by distributing the existing base of professionals to where they're most needed across the country. In exchange for their willingness to relocate to new jobs every three months, these professionals enjoy the benefits of increased pay, a flexible work schedule, and the ability to learn the best practices from a variety of medical facilities.
Working with an agency allows locum tenens to focus on their profession, while the agency takes care of benefits, state certification requirements, and keeping them working in excellent facilities.
No matter where you'd like to work across the nation, Onward MD's experts are standing by to help find you a position that's ideal for you! Get started on your career by calling us at 877-562-8656, or by filling out your online profile today!