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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a doctor

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What are Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?
Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar
to those of a doctor. Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They
have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, Nurse Practitioners focus
on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. They help
patients make wise health and lifestyle choices. They are truly your Partners in Health.

What services do Nurse Practitioners provide?
From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide
a full range of services. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of
satisfaction with the care they receive.

Among the many services that Nurse Practitioners provide, they:
• Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
• Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, infections and injuries
• Prescribe medications and other treatments
• Manage patients' overall care
• Spend time counseling patients
• Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being

Nurse Practitioners specialize in many areas, including:
• Acute Care
• Adult Health
• Family Health
• Gerontology Health
• Neonatal Health
• Oncology
• Pediatric/Child Health
• Psychiatric/Mental Health
• Women’s Health

Nurse Practitioners also often practice in sub-specialty areas such as:
• Allergy and Immunology
• Cardiovascular
• Dermatology
• Emergency
• Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology
• Hematology and Oncology
• Neurology
• Occupational Health
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology and Respiratory
• Sports Medicine
• Urology

With an estimated 32 million newly insured Americans set to have health care coverage by 2014, and a predicted shortfall of 40,000 primary-care physicians by 2020, market forces have virtually dictated that more frontline providers are essential to the sustainability of our nation's health care system. According to a number of in-depth studies by various medical groups and leading organizations, nurse practitioners play a critical role in preventing potential coverage gaps and are a large part of the solution to the growing demands of our ever-changing health care landscape.

Role of Nurse Practitioner
The role of nurse practitioner (NP), which was first introduced in 1965, required these advanced practice nurses to work under the close supervision of a physician, with tight restrictions on what they could and couldn't do. Over the years, however, nurses have successfully pushed state licensing agencies and legislatures to grant them more autonomy and a broader spectrum of duties. Today, all states allow NPs some degree of prescribing privileges, and 12 states have granted them authority to prescribe medication independent of doctor oversight.

How can I locate an Nurse Practitioners ?
AANP is pleased to provide consumers with a quick and easy way to locate an NP. Go
to and follow the simple steps to locate an NP in your area. If you
have questions or need additional information, contact or call (512)
442-4262, ext. 5211.


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