top of page

About Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are advanced registered nurses educated and trained to provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic conditions.

  • A nurse practitioner (NP) is an independently licensed, nationally certified healthcare provider.

  • NPs diagnose, write prescriptions, order and interpret laboratory and imaging tests and they partner with patients regarding health care needs.

  • They treat health care problems and provide preventative care and healthcare education.

  • They collaborate with and send people to other healthcare providers as needed such as specialty physicians, physical therapists, etc.

  • They have extended education and degrees (Masters or Doctorate) beyond a 4-year college registered nurse (RN) license.

  • Their background also includes holistic care, teaching people about health care problems, test results, and treatments.

  • They provide health care resources and work with individuals to understand how healthcare problems affect many aspects of one’s life.

  • NPs operate in many different roles, as do other healthcare providers (like physicians).

  • They work in hospitals, clinics, specialty clinics, schools, occupational health, psychiatry, mental health, prisons, etc.

bottom of page