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Advanced Practice Nurses


Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are a broad category of registered nurses (RNs) who have completed advanced clinical nurses' educational practice requirements beyond the two to four years of basic nursing education required for all RNs. Under the advanced practice nursing designation fall four categories of nursing specialties: clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurse-midwives (NMs), and nurse anesthetists (NAs). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 151,400 advanced practice nurses working in the United States.

Salary Range

$75,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree




Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Nurse Manager, or Physician, or Health Care Executive

Advanced Practice Nurse

Registered Nurse

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