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Nurse Practitioners

What Is A Nurse Practitioner?

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  • Promoting Good Health Practices
  • Preventing Illness and Disease
  • Pursuing Quality Healthcare

Who Are Nurse Practitioners?

  • Experts who provide primary healthcare to individuals, families and groups across the life span.
  • Registered professional nurses prepared for advanced practice through formal education programs including clinical experience.
  • Supportive members of the healthcare team who can assist you with decisions and actions in staying well and in coping with illness.
  • One of four types of advanced practice nurses who are an integral part of a reformed healthcare system. Advanced practice nurses include: nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.

What Do Nurse Practitioners Do?

  • Deliver high-quality, cost-effective, primary healthcare to people of all ages, newborns through aged.
  • Assess health status by taking health histories and performing physical examinations.
  • Order and interpret laboratory tests, x-rays, and developmental and screening tests to identify patients' health problems, risk factors and strengths.
  • Diagnose and manage common acute minor illnesses and injuries and stable chronic illnesses, collaborating with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Emphasize health education and provide counseling for individuals, families and groups.
  • Improve access to healthcare for those who would otherwise have no care, including the homeless, poor, schoolchildren, people with AIDS and residents of rural and inner city areas.

What's Unique About Nurse Practitioners?

Patients prefer seeing nurse practitioners for their healthcare because nurse practitioners:

  • Take time to listen to patients' concerns and answer their questions.
  • Offer them choices when treatment for illness is necessary.
  • Are interested in patients and their lives, not just their illnesses.
  • Believe in patients' rights to know what is happening to them and their bodies.
  • Combine the warmth and caring of a friend with the professionalism of a healthcare provider.

Where Do Nurse Practitioners Work?

  • Health Centers
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Private and Group Health Practices
  • College Health Facilities
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Day Care Centers
  • Occupational Settings
  • Shelters for the Homeless

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