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Nurse Practitioners

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Maintain complete and detailed records of patients' health care plans and prognoses.
    • Develop treatment plans, based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.
    • Provide patients with information needed to promote health, reduce risk factors, or prevent disease or disability.
    • Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.
    • Diagnose or treat complex, unstable, comorbid, episodic, or emergency conditions in collaboration with other health care providers as necessary.
    • Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies, based on such patient characteristics as age and gender.
    • Diagnose or treat chronic health care problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
    • Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.
    • Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy.
    • Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults.
    • Diagnose or treat acute health care problems, such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.
    • Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances, such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies.
    • Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).
    • Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.
    • Maintain current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice, including reimbursement of services.
    • Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.
    • Consult with, or refer patients to, appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
    • Treat or refer patients for primary care conditions, such as headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and dermatological conditions.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
    • Schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care.
    • Perform routine or annual physical examinations.
    • Maintain departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control.
    • Perform primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking cultures, and debriding wounds.
    • Provide patients or caregivers with assistance in locating health care resources.
    • Keep abreast of regulatory processes and payer systems, such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private sources.
    • Supervise or coordinate patient care or support staff activities.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 105420/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 50.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 7,720
    • Yearly Projected Openings 650

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Surgical lasers or accessories
    • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
    • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
    • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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