New Jersey Nurse Practitioners are among the highest paid in the nation, earning a mean annual income of over $100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). While the financial aspects of becoming an NP may be enticing, there are several other reasons why earning your advanced practice degree is worthwhile. As the nursing workforce continues to grow, Nurse Practitioners represent a group of nationwide nurse leaders, often incorporating nurse entrepreneurship into their practice. Nurse managed clinics, family practice NPs, and primary care NPs are all avenues open to you after you earn your degree, and offer both freedom in practice and an attention to what the healthcare system needs from our profession.
New Jersey nurse practitioners enjoy autonomy within practice, as they do not need to have a collaborative agreement with a physician in place to practice. They also have prescriptive authority, allowing them to provide their patients with what they need without undue restrictions or time consuming red tape.
The time may be right for you to join the ranks of New Jersey's 2580 nurse practitioners (BLS, 2012). In addition to requesting information from the schools featured on our website, you may contact the professional organization for New Jersey nurse practitioners, the Forum for Nurses in Advanced Practice, for more information about practicing as an APRN in the state.
Some of the top NP programs in New Jersey are:
- Seton Hall University. Seton Hall offers Master's-level nurse practitioner programs including Adult Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. All three programs offer Internet-based academic classes; clinical courses can be completed in your hometown.
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The University of Medicine and Dentistry offers Master's-level NP courses at its Newark and Stratford campuses. In addition to the fairly common Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs, UMDNJ offers a dual Adult Health/Gerontological NP track, as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care track.
- Rutgers University. Rutgers offers acute care, pediatrics, women's health, family nurse practitioner, oncology, adults and aged, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner programs; the psych/mental health program is not offered every year. Many NP courses are offered online, but on-campus courses are also required.