What is a NP?

Nurse Practitioners’ are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians, they blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.

What sets Nurse Practitioners’ ¬†apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.

To be recognized as expert health care providers and ensure the highest quality of care, NPs undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. Self-directed continued learning and professional development is also essential to maintaining clinical competency.

Additionally, to promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes, NPs lead and participate in both professional and lay health care forums, conduct research and apply findings to clinical practice.

A Nurse Practitioner starts out as a Registered Nurse and then:

  • Completes a Masters level Graduate education
  • Completes advanced clinical training
  • Sits for national Board Certification in an area of specialty
  • Provides healthcare without physician supervision

 

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