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A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree and has completed the necessary state requirements to practice as a Nurse Practitioner. A Nurse Practitioner can have specialized training within a specialty such as: Acute Care Nursing, Adult Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Family Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Home Health Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Oncology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Rural Nursing, and Women's Health Nursing.
NPs provide general medical care and treatment to patients in medical facilities, such as clinics, health centers, or public health agencies both independently and in collaboration with a physician (depending of state law). They perform physical examinations and preventive health measures. NPs are licensed to assess diagnose and treat patients. They have the ability to order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests. NPs work collaboratively with physicians and other interdisciplinary member of the health care team to create and execute a comprehensive patient care plan. NPs are licensed to prescribe and dispense medications (the type of medications may vary by state law) . NPs may refer patients to physician for consultation or to specialized health resources for treatment and, where state law permits, may engage in independent practice.
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