If you’ve gone to the doctor or even the hospital in recent times, chances are you interacted with a Nurse Practitioner- we are quickly becoming the face of health care.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are educated and prepared at the master’s level. “Nurse Practitioner” is one of four roles that a RN can obtain at the advanced level (NP, Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist).
Nurse practitioners diagnose, treat, order and interpret labs and imaging. They can work independently (scope depends on state of practice) or alongside a physician and other disciplines in health care.
Nurse Practitioners can work in various settings such as private practice, hospitals or out patient etc… In addition, the field of practice can be even broader in which NPs can be found working in almost all areas of health care including research.
Ultimately, NPs strive to promote the health of the general public as well as prevent disease. They serve a critical role in addressing the needs of public masses by offsetting provider shortages. Visit the link below for a more in depth look at the role of the NP!