What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have additional education and nursing experience, which enables them to:

  • Autonomously diagnose and treat illnesses

  • Order and interpret tests

  • Prescribe medications

  • Perform medical procedures

NPs are health-care professionals who treat the whole person, an approach that includes:

  • Addressing needs relating to a person’s physical and mental health

  • Gathering medical history

  • Focusing on how an illness affects a person’s life and family

  • Offering ways for a person to lead a healthy life

  • Teaching persons how to manage chronic illness


 

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