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Career and Education Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and biggest city is Des Moines.

There are currently 730 working nurse practitioners in Iowa; this should grow by 13% to 830 working nurse practitioners in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for nurse practitioners, which sees this job pool growing by about 13.0% over the next eight years. Nurse practitioners generally provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients.

The income of a nurse practitioner is about $28 per hour or $59,420 yearly on average in Iowa. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $31 hourly or $65,880 annually on average. Nurse practitioners earn more than people working in the category of Nursing generally in Iowa and more than people in the Nursing category nationally. Nurse practitioners work in a variety of jobs, including: acute care nurse practioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and gerontological nurse practitioner.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Approximately 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist destinations include the Hubbell Historical Center, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Italian.

CITIES WITH Nurse Practitioner OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Nurse Practitioner

In general, nurse practitioners provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients. They also perform physical examinations, order diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans and prescribe drugs or other therapies.

Every day, nurse practitioners are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • Registered Nurse. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.