What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners, or NPs, are Registered Nurses (RNs) who are prepared through advanced graduate level education and clinical training. NPs provide a wide range of health care services, including the diagnosis and management of common, as well as complex, medical conditions for individuals and families across the lifespan. Nurse Practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, assessment, ordering, interpretation of diagnostic studies, and prescribing of medication and/or other treatment modalities.
Nurse Practitioners work as a member of the healthcare team and collaborate with patients, families, community resources, and other health care providers to help with the coordination and management of care. NPs can serve as your primary care provider, as well as deliver comprehensive care within an area of specialty. The core philosophy of a nurse practitioner is to provide individualized healthcare, while emphasizing disease prevention and health maintenance, with a whole body approach.