Category Archives: Linda Gottwald

Becoming A Certified Nurse Practitioner


Linda Gottwald holds responsibilities as the executive director of the Pine Cone Farm animal shelter in Traverse City. In addition to her administrative role with this animal shelter, Linda Gottwald is a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center in Michigan.

Becoming a nurse practitioner takes years of practice, dedication, and education, as practitioners are widely considered to be among the most versatile and knowledgeable professionals in the nursing industry. The first step toward becoming a nurse practitioner begins with a four-year degree program in an area of nursing, such as obstetrics or pediatrics. After a degree is obtained, nursing students need to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

While becoming a registered nurse is not mandatory for aspiring nurse practitioners, it can help in a number of ways, not the least of which is providing studying nurse practitioners with job opportunities while they complete the certification process. Individuals who pass the National Council Licensure exam will next need to enroll in a four-year nurse practitioner degree program, followed by a two- to four-year master’s program that issues Nurse Practitioner (NP) degrees.


Survey Shows High Satisfaction Among Nurse Practitioners


Linda Gottwald is a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. In addition to her work at Munson Medical, Linda Gottwald also directs a local animal shelter and serves as adjunct faculty for Northwestern Michigan College, where she supervises nursing students during community health rotations.

Staff Care, a healthcare staffing firm, recently conducted a survey on behalf of the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation (ANPF) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The company interviewed 222 nurse practitioners, asking them questions about their job satisfaction and outlook on the industry. Virtually all of the individuals who participated in the survey indicated that they were happy being a nurse practitioner, that they were optimistic about the future of the profession, and that they had high professional morale. While indicating general satisfaction among participants, the survey also showed that most participants felt overworked or strained, and few felt they could accept additional responsibilities or patients.