Certified Nurse Practitioners and the Office Visit
Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs)
Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs) are advanced practice nurses who provide quality care to many patients. They have a master’s degree in nursing and a board certification in their specialty. They provide initial, ongoing, and comprehensive care, including:
- Taking medical histories
- Providing physical examinations
- Other health assessment and screening activities
CNPs are prepared to diagnose and treat patients with many types of symptoms as well as those with established diagnoses.
CNPs work independently and in collaboration with physicians and handle the following tasks:
- Performing physicals
- Ordering and interpreting tests and procedures
- Prescribing medications
- Coordinating care
- Performing patient education
They work closely with physicians and consult them when needed. They work in a variety of areas such as:
Although doctors have additional training to help patients deal with complex medical problems, some people feel that CNPs have more time to spend with them as a patient. If you have a complex medical condition, it may be in your best interest to seek the advice of a physician. However, if you are in need of ongoing care or general medical advice, a CNP may be the right choice for you.
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