Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses with additional education and training to graduate-level (Masters / Degree). To become licensed to practice, Nurse Practitioners hold national certification in an area of specialty (family, women’s health, pediatrics, adult, acute care, etc.), and are licensed through state nursing boards rather than medical boards. The core philosophy of the field is individualised care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities.
Nurse Practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, physical therapy, and ordering tests and therapies for patients within their scope of practice. NPs can serve as a patient’s primary health care provider, and see patients of all ages depending on their designated scope of practice