The places to practice as a Nurse Practitioner are virtually limitless and include some exotic settings. Wherever there are people with health needs, there also needs to be health care providers to care for them. Today, I will share a short list of some of the most exotic places to practice as a Nurse Practitioner.
- Cruise Ships – Most of the major cruise lines have a fully staffed infirmary that can treat conditions such as stings and bites on up to gastroenteritis and beyond. The staff usually includes a physician, nurse practitioner and nurses. The medical staff work in shifts and get to enjoy the sites and amenities of the trip on their time off.
- Puerto Rico – A commonwealth of the United States; there are practicing nurse practitioners in Puerto Rico. However, these NPs lack the authority to prescribe controlled substances for their patients though they can prescribe other medications and treatments.
- Hawaii – Considered by many as ‘paradise,’ nurse practitioners are indeed utilized in Hawaii. These NPs have prescriptive authority for medications (including certain controlled substances) and other treatments. With Hawaii consisting of the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s big island, there should be plenty of opportunities for nurse practitioners.
- Australia – You can practice as an NP “down under” in Australia. NPs have been authorized to practice in Australia since 2000. Australia has typicalcities such as Sydney and Melbourne to the more exotic cities of Cairns, Alice Springs, Gold Coast and Broome. For more information about NP Practice in Australia, check out the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.
The wonderful aspect of being in the health professions are the many opportunities, settings, and locations to care for others. In other parts of the world, NP practice is relatively new and is still being defined in areas such as the Netherlands and Japan while NPs in Canada are being increasingly utilized in NP-run clinics. NPs in all countries have practice barriers to overcome yet one thing is obvious: there is an increasing need, demand, and utilization for NPs as the evidence consistently reveals positive patient outcomes and enhanced utilization of health care resources. Some of those demands may just be in an exotic location!