Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner (ENP or ACNP) Career
What Do You Do in This Career?
Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) provide emergency and urgent care to people of all ages. They are trained to manage acute illnesses, trauma, chronic unstable illnesses, and to stabilize conditions using a variety of life-saving technology. They also decide where to refer patients for follow-up care. ENPs usually work in emergency rooms, urgent care, or ambulances. They must be able to think fast on their feet to diagnose and correctly treat injuries and illnesses, and also be aware that the most obvious injury might not be the only one, or the most serious one. The job is exciting, mentally and emotionally exhausting, but very rewarding.
Salary and Career Information
- Salary: The average salary for ENPs ranges from $58,095 to $100,410 depending on many factors including location, education, and experience. ENPs tend to earn higher salaries because of the unpredictable schedule and rigorous training.
- ENP Requirements: To become an ENP you must be a registered nurse (RN), hold either a master’s or doctorate degree, and pass the National Board certification in acute care.
- Work Environment: ENPs work in emergency care settings such as hospitals, emergency rooms, emergency clinics, and schools and colleges.
What Kind of Coursework Can You Expect in This Program?
RNs should have at least two years of clinical experience before applying to MSN/ENP programs, and preferably will have some experience in the emergency department. Because you never know what skills will be required in an emergency care situation, ENPs are trained to handle everything from psychiatric management to pediatrics to invasive skills, so they can provide urgent care to any patient.
Programs include coursework in theory and clinical practice. Some offer a semester of total emersion in emergency rooms. Current nurse practitioners may opt to enroll in a Post-Master’s Certificate ENP Degree Plan if they want to specialize in emergency care.
Earn an Online Nurse Practitioner Degree
Online nurse practitioner programs have grown in popularity in recent years as more accredited schools have begun offering online alternatives to these degrees. Combining flexibility with the lack of campus visitation required these programs are ideal for working professionals. By clicking on links below, you can request information from each school about its tuition, classes, and programs.
||Georgetown University — Stationed out of Washington DC, Georgetown University is a cultural and social hub and is one of the oldest schools in the nation. The school has two online nursing programs available, an MSN in Family Nursing and an MSN in Midwifery and Women's Health. Georgetown is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Read more about Georgetown University.|
||University of Cincinnati — The University of Cincinnati is an Ohio-based school with more than 42,000 students and over 300 programs. Many of these programs have online options available like MSN in Clinical Nursing and MSN in Nurse Midwifery, which are great for students who need the flexibility to study around work and family. UC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Read more about University of Cincinnati.|
||South University — South University began operations over 100 years ago in Savannah, Georgia and now has 12 campuses and an online division, including an MSN for Nurse Practitioners program. The program can be completed in less than two years and there is an RN to MSN bridge option available for you if you do not have a bachelor degree. South is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about South University.|
||Capella University — Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capella University is an online school with over 37000 current students across the nation. Its online programs like MSN in Nurse Educator (Bridge option also available) have one-to-one tutoring, accelerated study, and low student to teacher ratios. Capella holds several accreditations, including The Higher Learning Commission and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Capella University.|
||Walden University — Walden University is private institution headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Boasting almost 50,000 students enrolled, Walden is one of the largest online schools conferring mostly master’s or doctorate degrees, like the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Walden is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Walden University.|
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