What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced education and clinical training. Nurse practitioners provide health care to families with children and adult members. Nurse practitioners have a unique approach to health care which combines their advanced knowledge and skills with their proven caring, compassion, and communication to build trust and patient satisfaction.
Many Nurse Practitioners are also actively involved in education, research, and legislative activities to promote quality health care for people in all 50 states.
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What Services do Nurse Practitioners Provide?
Nurse Practitioners serve as the regular health care provider for all ages during health and illness. In order to provide comprehensive health care, they can:
- Obtain medical histories and perform complete physical examinations.
- Diagnose and treat common health problems such as infections and minor injuries.
- Diagnose, treat, and monitor chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Order and interpret diagnostic studies such as lab work.
- Prescribe medications and other treatments.
- Provide family planning services.
- Provide well-child care, including immunizations.
- Provide health maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals.
- Promote positive health behaviors and self-care skills through education and counseling.
- Collaborate with physicians and other health professionals as needed.