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.