How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts - MA
According to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, in 2009 there were 8460 licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Massachusetts. The majority of this number were licensed Nurse Practitioners (NPs), a number which totaled 5972. There is still an increasing need for Registered Nurses of all types, including APRNs and NPs, throughout Massachusetts. Across the United States, the Board of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the need for RNs will grow by 28% over the next ten years. The need for specialized RNs, including NPs, is even greater.
The steps for becoming an NP in Massachusetts involve completing graduate school, taking a national certification examination, and becoming authorized to practice in the state. For those who have completed these steps, there are numerous nurse practitioner jobs available in Massachusetts. Careers abound for NPs in general and specialized disciplines. Currently on indeed.com, the following positions for NPs are listed as open in Massachusetts:
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Partners Community Healthcare, Inc., Brookline
- Nursing Instructor with NP credentials – Signature Healthcare, Massachusetts
- Nurse Practitioner – Take Care Health, Boston
- Nurse Practitioner – University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester
- Nurse Practitioner - Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and Correctional Center
- Nurse Practitioner – Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro
- RN/Home Care Practitioner – South Shore Hospital, Braintree
These job openings provide a bit of insight for students into the wide variety of career possibilities available for those who possess an NP license in Massachusetts.