The state of Nebraska can benefit from an influx of qualified healthcare providers. Currently, there are only 770 nurse practitioners providing care in the state (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), so it is worthwhile to explore your own options for becoming an NP.
There are ample opportunities for family nurse practitioners who want to live and work in rural settings, like western Nebraska, and also for providers in urban areas like Lincoln and Omaha. There are many focus areas for Nurse Practitioners, including mental health, family practice, women's health, acute care and pediatric care. As you progress through your studies, you will be able to choose the focus that meets the needs of your community, and yourself, making a career as an NP a win/win situation.
Nebraska's nurse practitioners are currently required to have a collaborative agreement with a Nebraska physician to diagnose and treat illness and to prescribe medication. The mean annual salary for a nurse practitioner in Nebraska is $82,600 (BLS, 2012).
As you learn about the programs in our database, please remember to request information from multiple schools, so you are able to make a sound decision about your nursing education. We also have created a list of featured schools that offer online programs and distance education for completing your NP degree, especially important for rural students. NP programs for Nebraska nurses include:
- Creighton University. Creighton offers different master's-level NP programs including: adult acute care nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric acute care nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner and behavioral health nurse practitioner. Students who select an adult health nurse practitioner program can choose to sub-specialize in cardiology.
- Clarkson College. NP students at Clarkson can choose from either the adult nurse practitioner program or the family nurse practitioner program. Both are master's-degree programs. An RN-to-MSN option exists for nurses who have not yet obtained a BSN.
- University of Nebraska Medical Center. UNMC offers a geriatric nurse practitioner-master's accelerated post-certificate program that is designed to train professionals to care for the rapidly aging population. Courses are taught online and via videoconferencing, so that students in remote areas of Nebraska can complete their education without uprooting their lives. UNMC also offers a combined family nurse practitioner/psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing program.
Nebraska nurses in remote settings may also be interested in other online NP programs, such as the one offered through Georgetown University.