|NURSE PRACTITIONERS are Registered Nurses with graduate level training in diagnostic and health assessment skills. Their training allows them to provide basic medical care. They relieve physicians of many time consuming tasks. Under the direction of a supervising physician, they perform the following tasks:|
- Interview patients, take medical histories, perform physical examinations, order laboratory tests, make tentative diagnoses, and prescribe appropriate treatments.
- Prescribe medication and medical devices if they have a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing certificate.
- Refer patients to physicians for consultation or to specialized health resources for treatment.
(Information and Statistics from the US Department of Labor)
CNPs offer services ranging from complete health assessments, care of acute minor illnesses, such as sore throats, earaches, bladder infections, and the management of stable chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Among the major focuses of CNP practice are preventive health care and the promotion of self-care, with an emphasis on effective patient-centered communication. CNPs provide cost-effective options to traditional health care. Physicians work in collaboration with nurse practitioners, so that physician collaboration is available to clients who develop complex or serious medical conditions.
(adapted from Michigan Nurses Association, 1995)