A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who is trained to assess patient needs and order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests
An NP diagnoses illness and disease and prescribes appropriate medications. Treatment plans are developed by the NP to provide the best plan of care for each patient
An NP is sometimes confused with an RN, which is a registered nurse. Whereas the RN cannot prescribe medications, the nurse practitioner is licensed to do so, as well as diagnose conditions
How Nurse Practitioners work with Physicians (Medical Doctors) to provide care:
A Nurse Practitioner works autonomously to provide care to patients who have needs, illnesses and disease within the NP’s advanced education.
NPs also works collaboratively with a physician in a complementary working relationship. ·
The NP seeks additional guidance and expertise from a physician when complicated patient needs arise.
Each day that I go to work, I say to myself, “Please God, help me to be a good Nurse Practitioner today and help me to make a difference in someone’s life.