Rhode Island has over 350 Nurse Practitioners (BLS, 2012), which, when considering its small area, is significant. As you investigate the possibilities for expanding your nursing career, it is important to consider the multiple areas of practice and focus tracks that are available to Nurse Practitioners. NPs possess clinical nursing skills and experience that make them a valuable resource in settings such as pediatrics, cardiac care, ambulatory clinics, home health, and primary care. We suggest taking time to request information from all of the programs on our site that offer the specialty you are interested in, so that you may be able to make the right decision for continuing your nursing education.
Rhode Island's nurse practitioners enjoy a high level of professional autonomy. Physician collaboration or supervision is not required to diagnose or treat patients, or to prescribe medication. Nurse practitioners in Rhode Island are free to care for patients without unnecessary oversight. This allows for a heightened degree of professionalism, as well as serving as an example of leadership as the nation explores expanding the roles of NPs.
The average annual salary for a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island is over $100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), creating the potential for both professional and financial freedom. The Nurse Practitioner Council of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association is the professional organization for NPs in Rhode Island, and is a valuable resource while you look into earning your NP degree.
NP programs for Rhode Island nurses include:
- University of Rhode Island. Located in Kingston, the University of Rhode Island offers a master's-level family nurse practitioner program, as well an acute care nurse practitioner program.
- Rhode Island College. Rhode Island College offers a master's-level acute care nurse practitioner program. Students can choose to attend either full-time or part-time. Rhode Island College is located in Providence.
- Georgetown University. Georgetown is located in Washington, D.C., but the college offers online NP programs that are accessible to Rhode Island students. Students can select either a Family Nurse Practitioner program or the Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. Georgetown faculty work with students to arrange clinical experiences close to home.