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Nurse Practitioners

Also called: Family Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Where in the Army? In the Army: Family Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.
  • Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy.


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • quickly know what you are looking at
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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