Nurse Practitioners, are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care, which enables them to autonomously diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, perform medical procedures.
Nurse Practitioners 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
Nurse Practitioners improve timely access to high-quality, cost-effective care in a broad range of health-care models. Through their practice and collaboration with other health-care providers, Nurse Practitioners reduce pressure on the health-care system.
When care is beyond the Nurse Practitioners scope to manage, a physician is consulted. If necessary, you will be seen by both the Nurse Practitioner and the visiting physician. For more information about Nurse Practitioners visit http://www.npao.org