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What is an NP?


  • A nurse practitioner (NP) is an independently licensed, nationally certified health care provider.
  • NPs diagnose, write prescriptions, order and interpret laboratory and imaging tests and they partner with patients regarding health care needs.
  • They treat health care problems and provide preventative care and health care education.
  • They collaborate (work with) and send people to other health care providers as needed such as physicians, all therapists, etc.
  • They have extended education and degrees (Masters or Doctorate) beyond a 4 year college registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Their background also includes holistic care, teaching people about health care problems, test results and treatments.
  • They provide health care resources and work with individuals to understand how healthcare problems affect many aspects of ones life.
  • NPs have many different roles as do other health care providers like physicians.
  • They work in hospitals, clinics, specialty clinics, schools, occupational health, psychiatry, mental health, prisons, etc.



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