What is a Nurse Practitioner (NPs)

What is a Nurse Practitioner (NPs)

A nurse practitioner “Works autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:

  • Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays.
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.
  • Prescribing medications and other treatments.
  • Managing patients’ overall care.
  • Counseling.
  • Educating patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices.” American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) (2022)

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Managed Clinic

  1. NPs are assisting to address the primary care shortage. NPs are listed primary care providers (PCP) in the registry. (Ref: 1)
  2. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals. (Ref: 5)
  3. NPs are efficient and have comparative outcomes to physicians. (Ref: 3)
  4. NP wages are ⅓ to ½ of physician wages. (Ref: 1)
  5. In Virginia NPs have Full Practice Authority.


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