U.S. News & World Report Ranks Nurse Practitioner as No. 2 Best Job


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Since 2015, Seana Rutherford has served as a certified nurse practitioner with Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio, where she provides many services to patients, including diagnosis, follow-up, and medicine prescription. In conjunction with her career, Seana Rutherford belongs to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the job of nurse practitioner is one of the best professions in the country. In its most recent list, nurse practitioner ranked number two overall, just behind dentist, as the best jobs on the list. Nurse practitioners join physician assistants, pediatricians, OBGYNs, physical therapists, and many other health care professionals that ranked in the top 20.

Since debuting on the list in 2014, nurse practitioner has stayed near the top of the list. American Association of Nurse Practitioners president Cindy Cooke NP, FNP-C, FAANP, expressed pride that the job is once again considered one of the best ones to have in the United States. She also extolled the unprecedented opportunity the career offers, with health care services an increasingly in-demand field.


How Are Nurse Practitioners Different from Other Nurses?

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Nurse Practitioners
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As a certified nurse practitioner with Premier Physicians of Fairview Park, Ohio, Seana Rutherford provides a high professional standard of healthcare to people with acute and chronic conditions. Before establishing herself professionally, Seana Rutherford secured her master of science in nursing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) differ from other types of nurses in the broader range of health services they offer and in their more advanced education. To become an NP, people must secure not only undergraduate nursing training but also graduate nursing training. The latter can take the form of a master’s or even doctoral degree.

Such training allows NPs to furnish care at levels associated more often with physicians than nurses. For example, NPs can diagnose illnesses by ordering lab work and performing examinations. Furthermore, they can follow up on those diagnoses by prescribing drug treatments. NPs, as part of a national healthcare infrastructure that includes doctors and nurses, represent an important cost-saving solution. Numerous studies have found that NPs help hospitals lower overhead while also improving outcomes.