Nurse Practitioners are respected members of the healthcare team. A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience. Most Nurse Practitioners hold a Masters degree in Nursing and all have passed a national certification exam in primary care (Family, Adult) or in a specialty area (Women's Health, Pediatrics). You can find Nurse Practitioners in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, and schools.
Nurse Practitioners perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries, order and interpret diagnostic tests, write prescriptions, and provide counseling and education. Many people enjoy seeing Nurse Practitioners because they spend time with their patients and listen to their concerns. Nurse Practitioners work collaboratively with physicians, nutritionists, counselors, and other health professionals in order to deliver top-quality, individualized healthcare.
Last Modified: September 24, 2012