What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
Nurse practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), who have further specialized in the field as an APRN. Nurse Practitioners can serve as primary care providers and are responsible for diagnosing patients, treating conditions and illnesses, and counseling or educating patients on preventative.
Where do nurse practitioners work?
Nurse practitioners can work in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, physicians' offices, urgent care clinics, or nursing homes.
What does a typical day look like for a nurse practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners help physicians by performing patient assessments, ordering tests, delivering diagnoses, administering immunizations, initiating treatment plans, and writing prescriptions. Nurse Practitioners often specialize in areas such as family health, pediatrics, gerontology, women's health or psychiatry.
How do you become a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) must be a licensed RN, hold a master's degree in nursing or higher, pursue National Certification as a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), and earn APRN State Licensure as a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
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