What’s a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners (working under the supervision of a Medical Doctor) provide most of the health care services offered at the Family Planning Association.

WHAT IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has received specialized training in diagnosing and treating illnesses and providing health maintenance services. Some NPs choose to specialize in particular fields like family health, elder health, pediatrics, mental health, and women’s health.

WHAT ARE NPs QUALIFIED TO DO?
NPs receive training in how to:

o Obtain health histories
o Perform physical exams
o Diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries
o Recognize when a condition requires a referral
o Manage chronic medical conditions
o Order and interpret tests
o Prescribe medications (in some states)
o Give advice on disease prevention
o Give vaccinations
o Make referrals to social service agencies.

WHERE DO NPs WORK?
NPs work in a variety of health care settings. Some work independently while others practice with physicians, in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE AN NP?
People choose NPs for a lot of reasons. NPs will take the time to assess how your lifestyle affects your health. They work with their patients to prevent illness and promote healthy lifestyle choices and concentrate on early detection of illness, emphasizing disease prevention by providing education.