What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners (NP) are clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and management of health conditions with a special focus on disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan.
NPs must complete a master's or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse education. They are board-certified and adhere to a code for ethical practices.
NPs perform comprehensive physical exams, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries; administer immunizations; manage high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and other chronic health illnesses; order and interpret diagnostic tests such as X-rays, and EKGs, as well as laboratory tests; prescribe medications and therapies; and perform minor procedures. NPs also refer to specialists when a health condition warrants.