What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed graduate level education, which is either a Masters of Nursing or a Doctorate in Nursing and holds a practice degree. A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision making skills and clinical competency for expanded practice. Patient A Nurse Practitioner practices in a full range of primary, acute and psychiatric or mental health facilities as well as other specialty areas. A Nurse Practitioner works autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals in their specialty area. A Nurse Practitioner is trained to :

  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests, lab work and X-rays, CAT scans, etc.
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions.
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments.
  • Manage patient’s overall care.
  • Counseling and educating patients on disease prevention, understanding their diagnosis, understanding medications prescribed and why as well as potential side effects, and positive health and lifestyle choices.
  • Specialty areas for nurse practitioners include Adult/Family/Pediatric health, Gerontology, Oncology, Immunology, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Women’s Health, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Respiratory, Urology, Sports Medicine to name a few.

Please reference the AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) website for further information at www.aanp.org. Information obtained from this organization.

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