Filling healthcare positions is becoming increasingly more difficult as the pandemic continues. COVD-19 case numbers continue to spike and then fall, and healthcare workers are becoming few and far between. Some are experiencing burnout, while others are simply not happy in the role that they set themselves up for years ago when they began medical school. With that, below you will find a list of reasons that Nurse Practitioners find their jobs fulfilling, and some benefits of being a Nurse Practitioner.


They know they’re making a difference in people’s lives. As a Nurse Practitioner (NP), you have the opportunity to treat patients’ ailments in the same way that any physician can. In this role, you have the ability to positively impact patients and help them improve their overall well-being. Nurse Practitioners say that contributing to the health of patients is the best part of the job.

They work in a high-demand job. Job openings for Nurse Practitioners are on the rise. As the “baby boomer” population grows older, there’s a need for more Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to provide medical care. In addition, as was previously mentioned, there’s a labor shortage in every field, and healthcare is no different. With their medical expertise, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are able to assist with the lack of providers.

Their jobs provide flexibility, and the possibility for good work-life balance. Unlike in a Registered Nurse (RN) position, working as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) allows for decision-making when it comes to your work schedule. Where a Registered Nurse is mandated by the healthcare system, Nurse Practitioners get to make choices about when and in what environment they want to work.

They have the opportunity to own a private practice. Nurse Practitioners have the option to go outside of hospitals and doctors’ offices to utilize their expertise. Some Nurse Practitioners may choose to work in a non-clinical field, in roles such as professor, medical-legal consultant, technology, public health, public speaker, emergency relief services, and more. Nurse Practitioners have a wide range of job opportunities waiting for them.

There are multiple areas to choose from when deciding what to specialize in. Whether you’re interested in sales, technology, inpatient care, outpatient care, or working with children, there are job opportunities available for you. As a Nurse Practitioner, you have the opportunity to try out different jobs before you settle somewhere and make a decision.

At the end of the day, being a Nurse Practitioner opens the door to an endless amount of different opportunities. If you’re looking to share your journey as a Nurse Practitioner, or if you have something else to share, you can reach us at We love connecting with you.

Crystal Carter

Crystal Carter, Content Marketing Specialist

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