A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who has completed advanced nursing education in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions.
Nurse practitioners pass a national exam, and have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond registered nurse preparation. In Ohio, nurse practitioners have a registered nurse license and an advanced practice license, and must work with a collaborating physician.
Nurse practitioners cannot admit patients to a hospital, but they can do many other things a physician can do. They can take patient histories, perform physical exams, diagnose and treat basic health problems, order and administer tests, coordinate patient care, prescribe medications with some restrictions, and provide education and counseling to patients on medications and healthy lifestyles.
They also can assist patients in the management of health conditions such as diabetes, colds, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and women's health care such as Pap smears.
Education is a very important part of a nurse practitioner's role.
NP's co-manage patient care with family doctors, and work closely as a medical team to provide better patient access and continuity of care.
MCHA presently employs four nurse practitioners, one in Dermatology, one in Pediatrics, and two in Family Medicine.
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