I was just wondering if NP's are used in the hospital setting often. For example ICU, ER, OR or any other specialty.
No. They're role is not the same as the unit nurse, at least not where I've worked. The NPs function more like the physicians do...they do assessments, diagnose, write orders, etc. Where I've worked NPs work in the regular ER, trauma ER, the pediatric ER, and in pretty much all the specialty units. They also do rounds for the physicians that they work with.
Whether or not NPs make more money depends. In many metro areas an NPs make between $65k and $85k. Some floor nurses earn more than this, especially travellers and people who work a lot of overtime.
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