What is a Nurse Practitioner?

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A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed graduate-level education. Nurse practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. NPs can then diagnose the disease and provide appropriate treatment for the patients, including prescribing medications.

Family nurse practitioners can serve as a patient’s primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care that focuses on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. Nurse Practitioners make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities.

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