What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Masters or Doctoral degree in nursing. NPs can diagnose, vaccinate, consult, perform physical exams, medical clearances, order diagnostic tests (e.g., x-rays, Cat scans), manage your in-hospital care, and refer you to medical specialists when the needed.
In order to become an NP, the RN must complete an NP program at an accredited nursing school while completing up to 600 clinical hours; ultimately obtaining a Master’s degree.
How long have NPs been around?
Since the mid-1960s.
Is the care provided by an NP similar to that of a physician?
As a matter of fact, yes. High-quality health care has been linked to NPs. This has been demonstrated in various studies; one such study can be found in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), written by Mary O’Neil Mundinger, Dean Emerita of Columbia University’s School of Nursing in Manhattan, New York.
Can NPs have their own practice?
Yes. Our practice is independently run by our medical director Jenny Delaleu with a collaborating physician. Here’s an article from People magazine, describing Columbia University’s NP practice and its inception.
Are NPs credentialed to treat patients with different needs?
Yes. NPs can be credentialed to practice in various specialty areas. There are two credentialing bodies that provide certification for those NPs seeking board certification; they are The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
What type of license does an NP need?
NPs are required to maintain RN and NP licensure in the state(s) in which they are registered to practice.
How do I know if my NP is licensed?
As with most professionals, proof of state licensure is readily available to the public. This information can be found online through your state board’s licensing organization. For New York residents you may find this information here.
Are NPs certified in different specialty areas?
Yes, some specialties are listed below:
- Family Care
- Adult Acute Care
- Nursing Informatics
- Adult Primary Care
Any further questions?
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