How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Earn?


become a nurse practitionerHave you ever wondered how much is a nurse practitioner salary per year in the United States? Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and well paying job opportunities are expected to continue to rise.

A nurse practitioner salary, benefits and other rewards can be what you just what are looking for to fulfill the dreams you have for your life.

The Duties of a Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse that has completed a Master’s or Doctorial degree. The duties of a nurse practitioner expand beyond those of a traditional registered nurse. They are licensed and certified through state nursing boards in specialized areas including women’s health, family care, pediatric and psychiatric practices.

For example, they may help seniors that need to be put on a recliner for sleeping, work with children who are sick and so on.

In all of these areas, a nurse practitioner salary is earned by performing duties such as preventive and wellness care, patient education, family support, patient advocacy and research. Other duties include examinations and ordering tests as well as diagnosing and treatment of medical conditions.

According to recent a market pricing report, the average nurse practitioner salary is around $89,000 to $113,000 a year. This figure represents general nurse practitioners who work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other industries of all sizes and in various geographical locations in the country.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners state that in 2008 the highest nurse practitioner salary was paid for practitioners in the state of Florida. In general, correctional facilities, hospitals and cardiac care units offered higher nurse practitioner salary.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Salary

A pediatric nurse practitioner has advanced training and education in the field of pediatrics in addition to a nursing degree. They …


How to Wear Scrubs Fashionably

How to Wear Scrubs Fashionably

You should broaden your thoughts if you only think that fashion and style are tied to certain professions. Fashion does speak louder than the usual garments and oldie style even in the medical field.

Nurses usually spend a lot of their time in scrubs. They begin and also end their day wearing them. And when they get an invite from their friends after work, they start feeling tired to dress up and party. Most nurses embrace the fact that they are confined in a profession with little to no time to enjoy some beautiful options in life like fashion.

In this article, you will learn secrets to a better you with these new ideas on how to stay and maintain in touch with the sense of style and fashion. Here are some tips on how easily and inexpensively you can get to transform your look in those scrubs every day. You are bound to experience a little taste of fashion and colour that has been missing in your life.

#1.  Go for scrubs that suit your body type

Go for scrubs that suit your body type

There’s nothing to worry about, whether you are heavy or light! You can always equip yourself with open collar neck scrub and deep V-neck tops in darker solid colours, especially if narrow at the hips and more substantial on top. They will help narrow the upper part. On the other hand, if you are heavy at the bottom, go for long tops that slightly skim over the hips. They will cover up plenty of your flaws naturally. Besides, if you are a bit heavy on the hips, avoid wearing wide pants.

For females, if you have a petite frame smocked, ruffled, and gathered tops would look good on you as they tend to add some volume to your body. For a more …


When You Need The Best, Think Littmann Stethoscopes!

Think Littmann Stethoscopes!

Accuracy, precision and quality are the absolute priority when considering which tools and instruments are needed in the health care industry. Your patients are depending on you to use only the best for their health and well being.

The stethoscope is the most useful of all instruments for any medical doctor or nurse. Littmann is the brand most likely that you will find being used by any health professional you ask.

A well respected cardiologist and professor at Harvard Medical school, David Littmann changed the way medical auscultation was done by inventing a new type of stethoscope in 1963.

This new stethoscope was so revolutionary that it was named after him. It has continued to be developed and improved resulting in what is know today as the the 3M Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope. This has become the de-facto standard among medical professionals.

The Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope is specially equipped to pick-up hard to hear lung, heart and other bodily sounds while eliminating other distracting noises.

The most important new feature is the Ambient Noise Reduction technology.
This stethoscope reduces room noise around 75% or -12 decibels over the operation range of the bell and diaphragm.

Another great feature in Littmann Stethoscopes which allows the user to switch from bell to diaphragm mode and back is the new tunable diaphragm. This increases the versatility for adapting to required use.

A new line of Littmann stethoscopes have been developed because of this new technology. This includes an electronic Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope geared towards infant and pediatric disciplines as well as veterinary professionals.

Littmann models like the Littmann Master Classic II, Littmann Cardiology STC, and Littmann Cardiology III are the most popular nurse stethoscope options. Nurses and  cardiologists who use them for both adult and pediatric auscultation.

These stethoscopes have a large …


Nurse Kitchen: My Favorite Bread Maker

My Favorite Bread Maker

If you are like me, you probably don’t have a lot of time to cook. After a long day in the hospital, who has time to make a decent meal.

For this year, I decided it’s time to change. I’ve decided to commit to making some healthy food at least twice a week. During the shopping frenzy of the holidays, I bought myself a used Cuisinart BMKR 200PC from Craigslits. Here my review of the bread maker.

The Cuisinart BMKR-200PC is a two pound break maker that is attractive enough to be left on the counter as a regular kitchen appliance. The handsome brushed aluminum color will match the newer model stoves and refrigerators easily, just like its counterpart the Cuisinart CBK 200 bread maker. The name “cuisinart” represents quality, and the same is true of this bread maker.

Everyone loves the taste and smell of homemade bread. The problem is that making bread is a time consuming process, and not everyone has the time to dedicate to making a loaf of bread. This is where the Cuisinart BMKR-200PC comes in. This machine does it all for you. There are 12 menu options that are completely programmable. You can make bread to fit the taste of everyone with the three different crust settings and three different loaf sizes.

People who are gluten intolerant will enjoy the ability to make a loaf of gluten-free bread at home. Many grocery stores have gluten-free products, but they cost a phenomenal amount of money. By making things, such as bread, at home, you can save a pretty penny. Even better, fresh bread doesn’t have the preservatives that store purchased bread does. The Cuisinart BMKR-200PC gives you fresh bread whenever you want it.

Other features on the Cuisinart BMKR-200PC include a delay timer that allows …


Nurse Weight Issues: Diet vs. Exercise

Nurse Weight Issues

nurse weight lossDid you know that many nurses struggle with weight loss? It may come as a surprise to you but just like the general population, nurses may find themselves getting obese due to not having time for exercises. With the new year coming in a couple of months, perhaps it’s time to talk about weight loss for nurses.

Planning to lose weight in the new year may be jumping the gun if you haven’t made it through the holidays yet. Many people gain a few pounds during the winter holidays. You can stop holiday weight gain by having a game plan.

The OPEN (Observing Protein and Energy Nutrition) study by the National Cancer Institute found that exercise didn’t help people lose weight during the holidays. Holiday weight gain happens just as easily for those who hit the gym as those who don’t. The results of this study suggest that diet plays a bigger role in weight loss and maintenance during the holidays.

This study reminds us to rely on diet, not exercise to lose weight over the holidays. It would take hours, if not days, to burn off the extra calories taken in during a traditional carb-laden holiday meal even if you are working out on a Rogue weight bench. Instead, use these tips to keep calories down without depriving yourself.

  • Be consistent

Don’t skip meals to make room for one heavy meal later in the day. Eat breakfast and small meals throughout the day to keep hunger at bay and prevent overeating at later meals.

  • Get an appetite suppressant to help you

Taking appetite suppressants can be a great way to minimize those nasty hunger pangs. Appetite suppressants control your hunger by keeping “hungry” chemicals in your brain in check. The Secret Fat Burner is in my experience the most …


Natural Remedies for Reversing Hair Loss

Natural Remedies for Reversing Hair Loss

natural remedies for hair lossAs a nurse, there are many personal challenges you may face. Today, we are discussing about hair loss.

Hair loss is an embarrassing condition for countless people. Although once considered to afflict only men, studies have revealed that women and children also suffer from excessive thinning and baldness. Experts say that it is normal for people to shed between 50 and 100 hairs each day. As normal hair counts are approximately 100,000, such shedding is largely unnoticed. However, hair loss in excess of these numbers that does not experience re-growth can lead to baldness.

Normal Growth Phases of Hair

Normal hair growth occurs in two or three-year cycles. Throughout these cycles, each hair lengthens by approximately one centimeter every month. Hair strands alternate between growth cycles and periods of rest. Such rest occurs for three to four months. After that time, hair that was resting falls out and is replaced with new hair growth.

Causes of Excessive Hair Loss

As people age, hair gradually thins. However, a growing number of individuals experience premature hair loss. The causes of hair loss are many and can vary depending upon health, stress and genetic factors.

Illness or undergoing major surgery can both lead to loss of hair. This is related to stress and lasts only temporarily. A number of women also experience hair loss approximately three months after they have delivered a baby. Hormones that must adjust to pre-pregnancy levels are responsible for such. A thyroid gland that is either over or under active can increase hair loss as well. Again, this is relative to imbalanced hormone levels.

Certain medications, fungal infections and underlying diseases are additional contributing factors to hair loss. Blood thinners and antidepressants, for example, are both associated with hair loss. So are such medical conditions as lupus and diabetes. …


What Does a Nursing Assistant Do?

What Does a Nursing Assistant Do?

nursing assistantA nursing assistant is often called a certified nursing assistant, or CNA. This is a job that is focused on the patient, so you will be working with people in need of care in medical settings. Some assistants work in patient’s homes, or in other settings to provide patients with the care that they require to be healthy.

Your Job Duties

As a nursing assistant, you will provide a support system for the registered nurses and physicians in your medical facility. For example, you may work to help patients with basic grooming and hygiene needs, or provide medication on schedule. The job is actually very diverse, and includes a wide range of activities that help the patient feel their best throughout the day.

Some nursing assistant professionals work in patients homes, as well. This is a job that allows you to have a flexible schedule, but also allows you to help people in need of care. If you are working in a medical facility, you may also help patients by providing health care tips and instructions as provided by the physician in charge of the patients care. There is really no limit to the types of activities that you complete each day.


As a nursing assistant, you will need to have some basic training. Some medical facilities provide training in exchange for your services, but there are also colleges that offer assistant training. The program will teach you some basics in patient care, and provide you with training based on state laws. For example, some states don’t allow nursing assistant students to give medication to patients directly.

Your training will allow you to serve your patients to the best of your ability, and allow you to meet all local and state requirements for nursing assistant training.