Welcome back! Today I discuss what exactly a Nurse Practitioner is, and what they do. In becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP), I’ve realized SO many people have no idea what my job entails.
Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education and training to be able to assess, diagnose, and treat patients. This is similar to the role of a physician assistant or physician. However, in many states and settings Nurse Practitioners work hand-in-hand in collaboration with physicians to provide the best care to our patients.
This does NOT mean a Nurse Practitioner does not know what they are doing and has to run everything by a physician first – it simply means the physician is used as a resource for when the NP may have questions or concerns. All pride aside – the physician training is very robust and comprehensive, and it is in the patient’s best interest for EVERY practicing clinician to have other colleagues who they can consult if needed.
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