15 Most Exciting International Nurse Practitioner Jobs (2023)

Written By: Andrea Mosher, CPNP, PMHS

The nursing role is widely accepted worldwide, but the advanced practice registered nurse is still in its infancy worldwide. So, can nurse practitioners work internationally? The simple answer is yes, but not every country recognizes the role of a nurse practitioner, or their role is not well defined. You may wonder then, what kinds of international jobs are available for nurse practitioners? Careers can range from the typical role of a nurse practitioner, to a consultant, to a teacher to even working for the United States government. In this article, you will find the 15 most exciting international nurse practitioner jobs.


What Do You Need To Do To Apply For International Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Similar to the varying scope of practice between states, the scope of practice can differ between countries. This means the requirements for international nurse practitioner job opportunities will also vary. Overall, there are four basic necessities for working overseas: a passport, a visa, a work permit, and destination language proficiency. Additionally, you may want to have a clear understanding of what role you are looking for.

Other possible necessities for applying for an international job could be additional nurse practitioner licensing exams or even a statement of good standing from your state board of nursing. These are not necessary for all positions, but they may be a necessity in some countries.

Most of all, you need the patience to apply for international nurse practitioner jobs. It can take anywhere from six months to two years to obtain and approve all required paperwork.


(Following are the 15 most exciting International Nurse Practitioner Job Opportunities which you can pursue to take your career overseas.)

1.Foreign Service Medical Provider

A foreign service medical provider is an international nurse practitioner job for the United States Department of State. Typically, these providers serve two overseas tours that are two years in duration. After that, they may serve one to three-year terms, either overseas or in the United States. Foreign service medical providers are sent to posts worldwide with significant health risks and inadequate local healthcare services.

As a foreign service medical provider, the nurse practitioner may practice independently or as part of a team, depending on their location. The nurse practitioner is expected to provide direct primary/preventative care, acute care, and emergency care to adult and pediatric patients. Additionally, there is most likely a need for obstetric and gynecological care. Finally, the provider will act as a liaison to local and international experts.

To be eligible for a position with the U.S. Department of State, you must:

◦Be a United States Citizen
◦Be between the ages of 21 and 60 years old unless you are a preference-eligible veteran.
◦Be licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant in U.S. state or territory.
◦Be able to obtain Top Secret Clearance
◦Be able to obtain appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance
◦Have five-year experience within the past seven years

To apply for a foreign service medical provider position, you must submit a resume in the USAJobs resume format. In addition to your resume, an online application must be completed as well as a narrative statement of interest. Finally, you must complete an accomplishment questionnaire and submit the required documentation.

2.International Volunteer

While this isn’t a paid international nurse practitioner job per se, it could be used as a stepping stone into a paid nurse practitioner opportunity. There are various international volunteer opportunities on almost every continent of the world, and there are multiple companies that you can volunteer through.

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While each country has its own eligibility criteria, each volunteer must have a clean criminal background, proof of their medical provider qualifications, and they typically must speak fluent English. Additionally, volunteers must be clear to travel internationally and have a passport or visa.

You must first find a legitimate and reputable global volunteer company to apply for an international volunteer position. After you find a company, pick a destination and a project to volunteer for. Typically you must pay a registration fee and a program fee when applicable.

3.International Locum Tenens

Overseas nurse practitioner jobs as a locum tenens can take you to a variety of different countries. A tour as a locum tenens can last from a few weeks to a few years depending on the country’s need and health center. When working as an international locum tenens, your assignment is typically in an English-speaking first-world medical environment.

To be eligible to work one of these international nurse practitioner jobs, you must:

◦Have a work visa, if you will be practicing outside of a United States territory
◦Be board certified or board eligible
◦Have post-grad training or three years of experience in a comparable health system (if applicable)

The application process is quite simple for an international locum tenens position. You would have to complete an online application and upload your resume or a curriculum vitae. If you are offered the position, additional documents and paperwork would need to be completed depending on the country you will be practicing in.

International nurse practitioner job opportunities with a locum tenens company typically have several benefits including but not limited to:

◦Airfare stipend
◦Housing stipend
◦Ground transport stipend
◦Malpractice insurance

4.World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is another organization that offers international nurse practitioner jobs. However, working with the WHO is not your typical inpatient or outpatient position. The WHO has four job areas including public health, management and leadership, operations, and emergency.

Within the job area, there are four main job categories: international professional staff, national professional officer, general services staff, and consultants and contract workers. If you are applying to any of the positions for the WHO you must be fluent in either English or French and it is beneficial if you can speak a second United Nations language. Some jobs do require that you are able to speak at least two to three languages.

Additionally, each category has its eligibility requirements. Each type is then broken down into levels, and each group has its eligibility requirements:

◦The baseline requirements for international professional staff are one year of practical experience and a bachelor’s degree. To apply for the highest level, you must have 15 years of relevant experience and a master’s degree.
◦The baseline requirements for a national professional officer are one year of practical experience and a bachelor’s degree, and to apply for the highest level, you must have seven years of relevant experience and a master’s degree.
◦The baseline requirements for general services staff are two years of relevant experience and completing a technical or commercial program. To apply for the highest level, you must have ten years of practical experience and completed a technical or commercial program.
◦The requirements for consultants and contract workers vary depending on the role.

To apply for a position at the WHO, you must create an online profile to apply and complete a self-assessment questionnaire. Additional forms and documentation will be necessary after the initial application process, but it is dependent on the position you have applied for.

There are two types of job appointments within the WHO. You may apply for a temporary assignment or a fixed-term appointment. Additionally, each position offers several benefits outside of an annual salary. You are pro-rated 30 days of leave annually, provided medical and dental insurance, and provided various grants and allowances.

5.United Nations

Working for the United Nations (UN) is similar to working with the WHO. The international nurse practitioner jobs available through the UN are more than likely not going to be your typical inpatient or outpatient positions. Roles are working with the health of the UN staff as well as working in various underserved countries.

While working for the UN, there are also volunteer opportunities in other health and educational programming. Additionally, you could be part of the team that creates the health programming. Overall, there are so many opportunities and routes you can take working for the United Nations.

To be eligible to work for the United Nations, you must speak fluent English or French. It is beneficial to speak an additional UN language, but it is not a requirement. You must also have relevant job experience ranging from two years to fifteen years, depending on the position you are applying for. Most positions do require an advanced college degree, but there are some categories where a bachelor’s degree is accepted.

The application process for the UN is straightforward. You must first create an online profile and apply for the position you are interested in. After your application is submitted, it is evaluated, and if accepted, you will have to complete an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview. If you have completed all of those steps and you are chosen, you will be notified.


In addition to an annual salary, any non-volunteer position receives a retirement pension, health insurance, and holidays. Depending on the job, you may also receive hazard pay, hardship allowance, travel and shipping expense reimbursement, educational grants, assignment grants, rental subsidies, or a dependence allowance.

6.United States Agency for International Development

International nurse practitioner jobs with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) can be in Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, or the Middle East. The Global Health Sector of the USAID focuses on preventing maternal and child deaths, controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combating infectious diseases.

There are many requirements to be eligible to work for USAID. Similar to other nurse practitioner jobs overseas, there may be additional eligibility requirements specific to the job. The standard eligibility for most USAID jobs include:

◦Being a United States citizen
◦Being between 18 and 60 years of age
◦Being in good health
◦Being able to pass a rigorous physical assessment
◦Being able to receive security clearance
◦Willing to accept positions at any location
◦Having a graduate degree

◦Having experience working in a developing country or economically deprived U.S. community

To apply for a position with USAID, you must find the job you are interested in on the USAJobs.gov website. For your application, you must complete an online application, upload your resume, answer an online questionnaire, and submit the required supporting documents.

7.Central Intelligence Agency

Most people picture the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a group of spies placed worldwide, but would you believe they hire nurse practitioners too? In my opinion, this has to be one of the most exciting international nurse practitioner jobs out there!

As a nurse practitioner for the CIA, you are expected to provide medical and trauma care in any environment with limited medical supplies. You are also likely to transport your medical equipment from one location to another on foot. You will start your assignment in Washington D.C. but will be required to do a 6-month deployment at the beginning of your assignment, and at some point in your career with the CIA, you will do a one-year singleton deployment.

According to the CIA, here are other expectations as a nurse practitioner:

◦Establish and operate remote independent duty clinics
◦Treat illness, injuries, and medical emergencies to include trauma stabilization
◦Conduct physical examinations and interpretation of diagnostic testing
◦Provide didactic and practical instruction in various levels of medical care to include survival skills, field medicine, and tactical combat casualty care
◦Participate in medical planning
◦Perform logistical and administrative functions

The eligibility criteria to work for the CIA is similar to that of other government jobs. To apply, you must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years of age. You must have your master’s degree as well as current licensure and certifications. A minimum of five years of experience in emergency medicine, internal medicine, or primary care is required. You must also be comfortable working in multicultural environments, willing to move to the Washington D.C. area, and willing to travel internationally.

The application process is more straightforward than would be expected for the CIA. First, you must be in the United States when you complete the online application. Additionally, you must provide your resume, unofficial transcripts from all of your degrees, and a copy of your certifications and licenses. Finally, you must provide at least one professional reference.

8.International Case Management

Case management is a vital asset to the U.S. healthcare system and for healthcare settings abroad. Case management is another international nurse practitioner job in which you may not do direct clinical work, instead you work for a health system or global insurance company.

International case managers are expected to coordinate complex medical cases in many unique circumstances within healthcare systems abroad. This means they are coordinating care with hospitals, clinics, specialty clinics, mental health facilities, dental clinics, and home health care where it is available. You would be responsible for not only scheduling appointments for your patients but also coordinating transportation, finding translation services if necessary, understanding billing, and wiring funds to providers if they require pre-payment. Additionally, you will be responsible for discharge planning for hospital admissions and repatriation coordination if necessary.

To be eligible to work as a case manager for an international company, you may not have to live in the country in which your patients are located. Some companies work via telephone or virtually, but some companies require that you see your patients face-to-face. You do not necessarily have to be a master’s prepared nurse practitioner. Some companies will accept registered nurses for these positions. You must be interested in national and global healthcare issues as well as international healthcare systems and insurance.

To apply for international case management, you would typically complete an online application, submit your resume, provide copies of your licenses and certifications. If you are traveling abroad, you must have a passport and or visa, depending on your destination.

9.Nursing Instructor

Working as an international nursing instructor is an attractive international nurse practitioner job because it can be done abroad or on domestic soil thanks to virtual learning. Additionally, nursing instructor positions can vary in duration as well. Depending on the job you take, your assignment can be as short as two weeks or as long as you want to remain an educator. The topics that you will be educating can vary as well.

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International nursing educators can work at international colleges and universities or international clinics and hospitals. Working at a clinic or hospital, you would more than likely be educating professionals that are already nurses. This education provides new ideas on how to care for specific patient populations. If you choose to work at a university, you would likely teach students studying to become nurses.

To be eligible for international nurse practitioner jobs as a nursing instructor, you must be master’s or doctorate prepared. You must also have a current unencumbered license and have relevant experience in nursing education and nursing practice. If the position requires you to be present in the country, you must have a passport and a work visa. Additionally, you must pass a background check before being hired as a nursing instructor.

Each nursing instructor application process can vary depending on the employer, but the general application process is universal. You must complete an online application complete with your resume or curriculum vitae and your transcripts.

10.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

International nurse practitioner jobs within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not necessarily your typical clinical position. Working with the CDC requires you to focus on public health as a whole versus patients individually. Typically nurse practitioners focus on public health threats, launching public health programming, and studying new and emerging diseases.

According to the CDC, you will be expected to “ensure that the organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision, and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team’s strategies, goals, objectives, work plans, and work products and services.”

To be eligible for one of these nurse practitioner jobs overseas, you must:

◦Be a U.S. citizen
◦Pass a background check
◦Have a valid graduate degree from an accredited program
◦Have a current unrestricted license
◦Have one year of specialized experience

The application process requires completing an online application and submitting your resume, cover letter, transcripts, and certifications. Additionally, you must complete a questionnaire. After you have submitted a complete application and are chosen to move forward in the hiring process, you will be contacted by a hiring manager. This process can take a month or longer, so it is essential to be patient!

11.Public Health Advisor

Similar to the international nurse practitioner jobs with the CDC, NPs can work as public health advisors for various agencies. These positions typically require a two-year assignment in an underdeveloped country or a country suffering from a public health crisis.

As a public health advisor, you will act as the head advisor overseeing public health programs abroad. Additionally, you are expected to analyze and interpret data that will be utilized to guide foreign legislative and regulatory policies related to public health programming. Public health advisors also create and implement health strategies to meet overseas health objectives.

To be eligible for this international nurse practitioner job, you must:

◦Be a U.S. citizen
◦Pass a background check
◦Be eligible for secret or top-secret clearance
◦Have one year of specialized experience

Applying for public health advisor position is relatively simple. You must submit an online application with your resume and cover letter attached.

Benefits for public health advisors typically include an annual salary, annual leave, relocation incentives, recruitment incentives, flexible spending accounts, and health, vision, dental and life insurances.

12.United States Military Bases

Working as a nurse practitioner on a United States military base does not require enlisting in a military branch. They do hire civilian NPs to work in their clinics and hospitals. You will use clinical judgment to provide direct patient care to patients on base. You will have the ability to practice independently, with the ability to collaborate with physicians and a multidisciplinary team.

To be eligible to work international nurse practitioner jobs on a U.S. military base you must:

◦Be a United States citizen
◦Have a master’s of science in nursing
◦Have a current unencumbered license
◦Have six months of full-time experience in NP specialty
◦Have twelve months of full-time RN experience
◦Be between 18-47 years of age; each branch has its age restrictions
◦Complete a commissioned officer training
◦Be eligible for secret security clearance

Applying for a civilian position on a military base can be completed on USAJob.gov. Each application requires the submission of an online application with a complete resume attached. Additionally, similar to other government jobs, you must complete an assessment questionnaire.

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13.Consulting for International Companies

Consulting for an international company is one of the most versatile international nurse practitioner jobs. As a consultant, you will utilize your medical and nursing expertise to help pharmaceutical companies, medical technology companies, and medical supply companies create more effective and efficient products.

To be eligible to work as a consultant, you must have completed an MSN program and have a valid license. You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen, but you will need a valid passport and work visa, depending on the country. Additionally, you must have a comprehensive understanding of the illness, treatment, or medication you will consult on. Some companies do require that you are proficient in speaking and writing English.

Similar to the variety of opportunities available for nurse practitioners working as consultants, there are various ways to apply for international consulting positions. Some companies will have an online application process other companies you may have to reach out to and provide pitch ideas.

Working as a consultant for international pharmaceutical or medical companies allows you to have freedom in your schedule and creating your career from the ground up. These opportunities offer the chance to travel internationally and high pay potential.


With the expansion of telemedicine over the past few years, international medical care is expanding as well. A perk of working in global telehealth is you have the opportunity to help underserved populations worldwide without having to travel internationally. An obvious drawback of international telemedicine is getting the technology to more remote areas of the world.

To apply to one of these international nurse practitioner jobs, you must first have an MSN and a valid NP license. You must also pass a background check. Additionally, depending on the country where you will be providing healthcare services, you may also need a work visa. Another requirement to work in telehealth is private access to high-speed internet.

You must submit an online application at your selected company and provide a complete resume with references to apply for a telehealth position. The application process for international telehealth is similar to the application process for a domestic job.

15.Overseas Licensing

If you are interested in making your international job opportunity more long-term or even permanent overseas, licensing may be right for you! The challenge of being licensed overseas is finding a country that recognizes the role of a nurse practitioner. While most governments recognize the role of an RN, the APRN position has not quite caught on globally.

The eligibility to apply for an international clinical NP position has many variables. Some countries require additional board testing or residency-type programs. Many countries may want you to become a citizen of their country to obtain a license. There is not a consensus of eligibility for international nurse practitioner jobs.

There are many resources available if you are interested in getting your NP license abroad. The International Council of Nurses can provide further information as well as the AANP.

What Are The Pros Of Taking Up International Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Below are the 5 advantages of taking up international NP jobs.

1.You get to live an adventurous lifestyle.
2.You will have a variety of life and professional experiences.
3.They typically have great pay and benefits.
4.You will create an international professional network.
5.You have the opportunity to help an underserved community or population.

What Are The Cons Of Taking Up International Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Below are the 5 disadvantages of taking up international NP jobs.

1.Travel logistics and licensing can be tricky.
2.You may be stationed in dangerous locations.
3.You will spend a lot of time away from family and friends.
4.You will have to maintain domestic and international paperwork.
5.Traveling can be lonely.

How Much Do International Nurse Practitioners Make?

The range of international nurse practitioner salary and compensation packages varies widely across the different job options. Like their domestic counterparts, the salary and benefits package depends on the employer and how much nurse practitioner experience a candidate has. Salaries can roughly range from $95,000 annually to $150,000 annually. The only outlier would be working as a consultant, as they can make up to $190,000 annually.

My Final Thoughts

As a nurse practitioner that has provided care internationally, I would say it was one of the most rewarding, most eye-opening, and most incredible learning experiences I have had thus far. If you are interested in taking your medical and nursing expertise abroad, you no longer have to wonder what kinds of international jobs are available for nurse practitioners. There are many opportunities, but here are the 15 most exciting nurse practitioner jobs that I have come across.

15 Most Exciting International Nurse Practitioner Jobs (1)Andrea Mosher, CPNP, PMHS
Andrea Mosher, CPNP, is a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner with a variety of nursing experience. She has worked in medical-surgical, emergency departments, urgent care and primary care pediatrics.

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Which nurse practitioner specialty is in highest demand? ›

PMHNPs and FNPs are in High Demand

Thus, the demand for PMHNPs will increase, making mental health nursing among the Nurse Practitioner specialties in highest demand.

What is the highest paying nurse practitioner job? ›

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ($114,468) ...
  • Telemedicine Nurse Practitioner ($113,883) ...
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ($113,387) ...
  • Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner ($112,511) ...
  • Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner ($112,384)

Which country is best to work as a nurse? ›

The USA is one of the largest employers of nurses. It also boasts some of the best hospitals and facilities where NCLEX nurses and non-NCLEX nurses can thrive. Thriving medical environments enable you to progress your nursing career while working in well-equipped facilities.

What is the least stressful NP specialty? ›

  1. School Nurse Practitioner. ...
  2. Medical Writer. ...
  3. Nurse Educator. ...
  4. Clinic Nurse Practitioner. ...
  5. Public Health NP. ...
  6. Clinical Research NP. ...
  7. Weight Loss Clinic NP. ...
  8. Nurse Informatics.

What is the future of nurse practitioners? ›

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the number of nurse practitioners will increase by 34% from 2012 to 2022. This is more than three times the national average of 11% growth expected for all occupations during this time period.

What is the future outlook for nurse practitioners? ›

Quick Facts: Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2021300,000
Job Outlook, 2021-3140% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2021-31118,600
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What state has highest NP salary? ›

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is the highest paying state for nurse practitioners. Entry-level nurse practitioners in the state earn over $50 hourly and average about $107,310 yearly. NPs with ten to nineteen years can earn up to $165,140 yearly.

What is the easiest nurse practitioner specialty? ›

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Once again, this is a single population focus specialty with a primary care focus, not acute or critical care, making it one of the easiest nurse practitioner specialties to get accepted into.

Do nurse practitioners make 6 figures? ›

With five or more years experience, however, NPs working in primary care can earn in the six-figure range.

What countries want US nurses? ›

The best countries for a career in Nursing
  • New Zealand. The New Zealand healthcare system is split between state funded and private care, with nursing opportunities available in both. ...
  • Australia. ...
  • Denmark. ...
  • United States of America.
30 May 2019

Which country is the easiest to migrate as a nurse? ›

4 Easiest Countries to Work as a Nurse
  • New Zealand, 1st Easiest Country to Work as a Nurse.
  • Australia, 2nd Easiest Country to Work as a Nurse.
  • Denmark, 3rd Easiest Country to Work as a Nurse.
  • United States of America, 4th Easiest Country to Work as a Nurse.
31 May 2022

Which country have shortage of nurses? ›

The largest needs-based shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa. For all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.

What is the most chill nursing job? ›

9 Lower-stress nursing jobs
  1. Nurse educator. Nurse educators are medical professionals who train nurses and aspiring nurses. ...
  2. Long-term care nurse. ...
  3. Nurse administrator. ...
  4. Clinical research nurse. ...
  5. School or summer camp nurse. ...
  6. Clinic nurse. ...
  7. Nurse informatics. ...
  8. Lactation consultant nurse.
2 Dec 2019

Where do the happiest nurses work? ›

Happiest Nursing Jobs. Nurses are employed in school systems, health care facilities, community organizations, and many other environments. Some nurses work with children while others work with adults and families. Some work in outpatient clinics, while others work in hospitals.

Is a nurse practitioner a high stress job? ›

Nurses face stress every day, and the profession has the highest burnout rate in healthcare. Studies show that 43% of newly-licensed nurses leave their first jobs within 3 years, and 17.5% leave within the first year.

What are the disadvantages of being a nurse practitioner? ›

The following are the top 10 cons of being a nurse practitioner.
  • Lengthy education path. ...
  • Continuing to work while being in NP school. ...
  • You must pass a certification exam to practice. ...
  • Variability of working hours. ...
  • Working conditions. ...
  • Workplace stress. ...
  • Emotional stress. ...
  • Legal responsibilities.

Are NPs in demand? ›

With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS 2021) predicted that between 2020 and 2030, the demand for NPs will swell by 52 percent.

Why do we need more nurse practitioners? ›

Expanding NP scope-of-practice strengthens primary care capacity. Greater NP autonomy increases consumer access to primary care while freeing up physicians to manage more complex patient cases. States can support consumer access to health care by passing legislation that eases restrictions on NP scope-of-practice.

Are NPs happy? ›

Nurse practitioners are about average in terms of happiness. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, nurse practitioners rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 42% of careers.

Do nurse practitioners enjoy their job? ›

Furthermore, according to the physician career resource PracticeMatch, a 2017 nationwide study of 1,090 participants (consisting of 532 nurse practitioners and 558 physician assistants) found 38 percent of NPs are “extremely satisfied” with their jobs.

What percentage of nurses become nurse practitioners? ›

More than 36,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2019–2020. 88.9% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 70.2% of all NPs deliver primary care.
Distribution of NPs by Primary Certification Area. 3.
Certification*Percent of NPs
Adult–Gerontology Primary Care^7.0
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What is the lowest paid nurse practitioner? ›

Of all US states and territories, Puerto Rico has the lowest salary for NPs at $20,900.

What city pays nurse practitioners the most? ›

The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary in the nurse practitioner profession are Vallejo, San Francisco, Salinas, San Jose, and Napa.
  • Vallejo, California. $188,070.
  • San Francisco, California. $177,800.
  • Salinas, California. $155,310.
  • San Jose, California. $153,240.
  • Napa, California. $152,640.

Is it hard to find a job as a NP? ›

If you're a newly minted Nurse Practitioner, finding that dream job – especially within a specialty – can feel like an impossible task. But you have every reason to feel optimistic: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 31% growth in NP jobs by 2022, much faster than many other occupations.

Is 50 too old to become a nurse practitioner? ›

You're never too old to take on new challenges and becoming a nurse practitioner may be the perfect goal to pursue. Attending an NP program at any age is a weighty personal and financial decision.

Should I do FNP or PNP? ›

The essential difference between an FNP vs. PNP is that a PNP specializes in providing care to children, from infants through adolescents, whereas the focus of an FNP is broader based. FNPs are qualified to provide care for family members of all ages, from infants to geriatric patients.

Can you change specialties as a nurse practitioner? ›

NPs can absolutely switch specialties, according to Nancy Brook, RN, MSN, NP, of Stanford Health Care. “Many nurse practitioners choose to change the focus of their clinical practice,” Brook says. “Switching specialty areas can be done both formally or informally.”

How can a NP make a lot of money? ›

There are several steps that highly skilled nurse practitioners can take to make the move toward this greater level of compensation.
  1. Pursue Continuing Education or Additional Certifications. ...
  2. Explore New Areas of Nursing. ...
  3. Gain Work Experience. ...
  4. Negotiate Better Nursing Contracts. ...
  5. Produce Medical Writing. ...
  6. Recommended Reading:

How much do nurse practitioners make in USA? ›

The national average annual wage of an nurse practitioner is $110,030, according to the BLS, over double the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960.

How much do NPs make in Los Angeles? ›

The average Nurse Practitioner salary in Los Angeles, CA is $132,186 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $122,659 and $143,601.

Where can I work internationally as a nurse? ›

Where Are Travel Nurses Needed Overseas? You can find opportunities for travel nursing abroad in destinations across the world. Some of the areas with the highest need for nurses include Australia, New Zealand, China, and the Middle East.

Where is the easiest place to work as a nurse? ›

The 10 Best Places to Work as a Registered Nurse
  1. Hospitals. Around 61% of RNs find employment at state, private, and local hospitals. ...
  2. Telehealth. ...
  3. Emergency Rooms. ...
  4. Physicians' Offices. ...
  5. Secondary Schools. ...
  6. Birthing Centers. ...
  7. Public Health Clinics. ...
  8. Correctional Facilities.

Is it better to be a nurse in UK or USA? ›

OK, UK has better vacation, usually 7 weeks, free health care, more job security, better training options (usually free), and the ability to move around the country while still retaining all your benefits.

Why there are a lot of vacancies for nurses abroad? ›

Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the shortage of specialized nurses around the country. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed with the acute needs of patients ill with COVID-19, and nurses with specialized skillsets are in high demand.

Who are the highest paid nurses in the world? ›

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist consistently ranks as the highest-paid nursing career. That is because Nurse Anesthetists are highly skilled Registered Nurses who work closely with medical staff during medical procedures that require anesthesia.

What is the best state to live in as a nurse? ›

The Complete Ranking of the Best States to Work as a Nurse
RankState Name
3New York
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Which European country is best for nurses to work? ›

10 Top European countries That Need Nurses
  • Italy. Asides from the fact that you have to take a language proficiency test in the local language (Italian) to get the certification to work as a nurse, Italy is a great country to work in as a nurse. ...
  • United Kingdom. ...
  • Ireland. ...
  • Germany. ...
  • Luxembourg. ...
  • France. ...
  • Denmark. ...
  • Netherlands.
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What country exports the most nurses? ›

The Philippines is the largest exporter of nurses worldwide. For many decades, the country has consistently supplied nurses to the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Which nursing specialty has the highest burnout rate? ›

Critical care nurses tend to suffer the highest rates of burnout. Critical care specialties include the emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU). Emergency department nurses tend to experience the highest rates of burnout.

What is the least stressful job in the world? ›

These are the best low-stress jobs:
  • Web Developer.
  • Occupational Therapist.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant.
  • Computer Systems Analyst.
  • Actuary.
  • Statistician.
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What are the highest stress jobs? ›

For the third year in a row, enlisted military personnel, firefighter, airline pilot, and police officer are the four most stressful occupations, according to CareerCast's annual Most Stressful Jobs report.

What specialty are nurses the happiest? ›

The job of an occupational health nurse can be one of the happiest nursing jobs as this type of work is typically low-stress. The OHN nurse works with employees who are interested in their health and typically appreciate the nurse's input and help.

What is the least stressful nursing specialty? ›

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What country needs nurses the most? ›

1. Haiti. As one of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is also one of the most in need of professional nurses. Statistically Haiti has barely one percent of the nurses per population that the United States does.

What is the highest paid nurse practitioner specialty? ›

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist ($181,040)

The highest paid profession for an NP seems to be that of the Nurse Anesthetist. As of May 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts their median hourly wage at $87, making it the top paid position for a nurse with an MSN.

Which is more stressful RN or NP? ›

I follow NRP to its conclusion, which is the best that medicine has to offer at the moment for resuscitation at birth. NP in family practice is way more stressful than RN in telemetry, cath lab recovery, PACU, or CICU where I worked for years. An NP is expected to generate profit, which means seeing patients.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a nurse practitioner? ›

One of the biggest challenges of being a nurse practitioner is work-life balance, and a changing schedule or working overtime can impede this.

Who makes more money FNP or Pmhnp? ›

The average yearly salary for the FNP is around $96,200, which is slightly higher than that of the PMHNP at approximately $110,000 per year.

Is NP saturated? ›

Specialty / Practice Setting

The job market for psych NPs is decidedly not saturated. If you're a specialized NP looking for a job in a small town, it may not take more than a few other similar local providers to make the job market feel full. Practice setting also plays a role.

Can family NP work in psych? ›

FNPs can diagnose and treat patients with uncomplicated mental illness, such as depression and anxiety, within their scope of practice (SOP).

Can NPs switch specialties? ›

Can Nurse Practitioners Really Switch Specialties? NPs can absolutely switch specialties, according to Nancy Brook, RN, MSN, NP, of Stanford Health Care. “Many nurse practitioners choose to change the focus of their clinical practice,” Brook says. “Switching specialty areas can be done both formally or informally.”

Which nurse practitioner specialty is easiest? ›

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Once again, this is a single population focus specialty with a primary care focus, not acute or critical care, making it one of the easiest nurse practitioner specialties to get accepted into.

Is becoming an NP worth it? ›

Being a nurse practitioner is worth it because most NPs are highly satisfied with their career and job. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks nurse practitioners as the best health care job in 2022! So, if you are planning to go to school to become an NP, you can expect a pleasurable and engaging career.

What is the highest paying occupation? ›

The highest-paying job in the world, in a traditional sense, holds the number one spot in this article: anesthesiologist. They are also the only job listed above $300,000 a year.

Why are there so many nurse practitioners? ›

The growth in NPs was driven by the rapid expansion of education programs that have attracted Millennial nurses. The number of programs to educate NPs grew from 356 in 2010 to 467 in 2017. Collectively, they now graduate nearly as many new NPs as medical schools do physicians each year, the study said.

Are nurse practitioners smart? ›

While nurse practitioners are intelligent, capable, and contribute greatly to the healthcare system, they are not physicians and do not receive the same level of training. On one hand, most physicians are against NP's calling themselves doctors, as it leads to patient confusion and obfuscation of roles.

Why is there an increase in nurse practitioners? ›

According to AAMC president Darrell G. Kirch, “An increasingly older, sicker population, as well as people living longer with chronic diseases, such as cancer, is the reason for the increased demand.” Nurse practitioners, specifically adult-gerontology NPs, are well positioned to fill the care gap.

Can an NP diagnose anxiety? ›

Psychiatric nurse practitioners can diagnose and treat all psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral disorders, including bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Nurse practitioners can work autonomously and can do the same things in appointments with patients as psychiatrists.

Can a family nurse practitioner diagnose ADHD? ›

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a pediatrician or family doctor, a nurse practitioner, a neurologist, a master level counselor, or a social worker.

Is being a psych NP stressful? ›

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, like so many healthcare workers, struggle with job stress. But their rates of burnout are worse than nurses in other specialties. According to the American Psychological Association, between 21% and 61% of mental health workers experience burnout.

Who has more education a PA or NP? ›

PAs need a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited medical school or center of medicine to seek licensure. An NP can seek a master's or DNP from a nursing school, although the AACN suggests the DNP.

Can you have two specialties as a nurse practitioner? ›

You could choose to work in a dermatology, cardiology, or gerontology practice to name a few. If you are an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by education, you can easily switch from practicing in the ICU to working in an orthopedic or gastroenterology clinic, for example.

What can a PA do that a NP Cannot? ›

Scope of medical treatment

A physician assistant can diagnose and treat a wide array of medical concerns, prescribe medicine, and may even perform surgery. A nurse practitioner can help diagnose and treat patients with routine and complex medical conditions, sometimes working alongside physicians to do so.


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