Thank you, NRSKarenRN for the excellent links. Thank you, traumaRUs, for the input.
As an advanced practice nurse (APN), one can seek the Nurse Practitioner track, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track and the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) track.
Within the NP and the CNS tracks, there are many specialty areas:
Neonatal, Pediatric, Family Practice, Mental Health/Psychiatric, Geriatric, Acute Care, Adult, OB-GYN (women's health).... just to name a few. There are combination NP/CNS tracks as well. One should do a search and see just what might be a good fit.
Much of the scope of practice depends upon the individual states. One will need to check with the states' SOP to see what is expected of the NP. Some states require a physician collaboration and others not.
Now, since Georgia has received prescription privileges, all states allow NPs to have Rx privileges. The NP will have a DEA number. And, the legal prescription will be issued by the NP with his/her name on the label
Also, one needs to search their own area and see what the demand is and/or what the market will bear when considering the APN role.
As for the NP being only good for the treatment of colds, minor scrapes, minor infections, etc, one needs to spend a day in the life of an APN and see just exactly what goes on. This will enlighten any
individual as to what we do on a daily basis.
To the OP, if you desire a blow-by-blow of what a typical day is for me, I'll be happy to speak with you privately. I think you will be surprised and maybe a little pleased to see what great responsibilities and challenges the NP faces on any given day.