What is a Nurse Practitioner?

From the American Association of Nurse Practitioners:

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has advanced education and clinical training in a health care specialty area. Nurse Practitioners work with people of all ages and their families, providing care and information people need to improve their health and make informed decisions about their healthcare and lifestyles choices.

Nurse practitioners practice under the rules and regulations of the Nurse Practice Act pf the State in which they work. Nurse Practitioners are also nationally certified in their specialty areas. They are recognized as expert health care providers.

Nurse Practitioners practice in all 50 states. Research studies since 1965 have documented Nurse Practitioners provide: High quality care, Cost-effective care, a Unique Approach to health care and care that results in high level of patient satisfaction.

Why choose a Nurse Practitioner?

More and more people are choosing Nurse Practitioners as their regular health care provider. Nurse Practitioners are health professionals who:

  1. Provide individualized care, focusing not only on health problems, but also on the effects health problems have on people, their families, and communities.
  2. Explain the details of health problems, medications, and other topics to help people fully understand how to take care of themselves.
  3. Inquire about people’s worries and concerns about their health and health care.
  4. Emphasize wellness and self-care by giving people the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices and health care decisions.