What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse practitioners have advanced degrees that prepare them to focus on helping you achieve total health and prevent disease.

NPs excel at being a partner in health, providing high quality primary, acute and specialty healthcare services similar to those of a physician. Nurse practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness and administer physical exams.

Nurse practitioners can also help you stay well! With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, they can guide patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices. Preventive screening for diseases such as elevated cholesterol, asthma and cancer are another focus of nurse practitioners.

Patients who are seen by NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.