Wyoming Nurse Practitioner Programs
Nurse practitioners are becoming one of the most desired professionals in the medical industry. Employers are grappling with constant changes to health care laws and finances and have learned that employing a higher percentage of nurse practitioners and replacing a number of physicians gives them the money saving benefits they need, without costing patients any decline in their health care quality. As a nurse practitioner, you will work alongside a physician to complete a full range of tasks that are traditionally left to doctors. You will meet with patients and create relationships, treat ailments and prescribe therapy, medication or other treatments as needed. You essentially will work as a physician with little less pay, and a little less time spent in school.
Nurse practitioners are on the rise, but not near as populace as they need to be. In Wyoming, only 74 nurse practitioners are currently working per 100,000 people in the population. This should encourage you to enter the field as soon as possible as the need is obviously there. You can also expect to earn just under $90,000 a year on average, and your employer, education and experience will have an impact on this number in a significant way. Depending on your willingness to relocate, you should know that the lowest percentage of nurse practitioners relative to the population can be found in Cheyenne and the highest percentage is found in Casper. You will also find the highest median salaries in Cheyenne.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, VA Medical Center in Cheyenne and Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette are among the top 20 employers in Wyoming across all industries. These will be great employers to pursue as you work through your education.
An employer will often offer a wide range of tuition assistance options to their employees, so if you are open to moving to a new employer, check with your current employer and others to see who can offer you the best benefits. The Wyoming Nurses Association will also have plenty of information and assistance for students looking for ways to overcome the financial strains that come with an education. Finally, look into the Department of Health and Human Services’ information for ways that you can earn scholarships, grants, loan forgiveness programs and loan repayment programs. The HRSA is dedicated to ensuring students that are working towards a health profession have the tools they need to succeed and they have a wide range of options that will help you cover the cost of your education in small or large ways.
UW’s nursing program, now named the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) promotes and protects health through education, service and scholarship. They school aims to be a leader in nursing and health care in Wyoming and provides state-of-the-art nursing education in classroom and clinical settings. Located in Laramie, you will find a wide range of benefits when you dig deeper into what this school offers.