How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Texas
There’s more to being a nurse than meets the eye, especially if you’re a nurse practitioner. At one of the highest levels of nursing there is, nurse practitioners are generally qualified to examine and diagnose patients. Some states even allow them to prescribe medication.
While they must work under the supervision of or in tandem with doctors, most nurse practitioners usually have autonomy in educating families on the need for preventive measures and in ensuring their general wellbeing. They generally work in rural and underserved areas, treating families, children and communities and teaching them about health, prevention, self care and other skills that are necessary to keep disease at bay. Nurse practitioners need to have at least a graduate degree and generally specialize in family practice, pediatrics, cardiology, acute care, women’s health, adult practice, geriatrics, occupational health, palliative care, and anesthetics (as a certified registered nurse anesthetic).
If you want to become a nurse practitioner in Texas, here’s some information that you’ll find useful:
- Nurse practitioners are called Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in this state
- You must be a registered nurse with a license that is valid in Texas
- You must also complete a master’s or doctoral program in any specialty of your choice that focuses on advance practice nursing, one that is approved by the Board of Nursing or accredited by a national accrediting agency recognized by the Board of Nursing.
- Your graduate program must be at least a year in duration and include a practicum program or a preceptorship.
- You must become nationally certified in the specialty of your choice before you can apply for a license to practice as an APRN in Texas.
- The Board of Nursing does allow you to practice as an APRN while you’re waiting for the results of your certification examination. You need to procure an interim license from the board for this purpose.
- If you plan to study online for your advanced degree, most universities allow you to complete your practicum program at a healthcare facility in your area. Check with your school for your available options.
- As an APRN in Texas, you can hope to earn around $85,000 per year; the sum tends to increase if you specialize in acute care settings like neonatology and emergency care and decrease if you opt for general medicine and family practice.
- There are many accredited universities in Texas that offer graduate nursing programs, and to learn more about them, you could check out the information available on the website of the Texas Board of Nursing.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of nurse practitioner schools . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org