What Is A Nurse Practitioner?

All Nurse Practioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings.
To be recognized as expert health care providers and ensure the highest quality of care, Nurse Practitioners undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. Self-directed continued learning and professional development is also essential to maintaining clinical competency.
Additionally, to promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes, Nurse Practitioners lead and participate in both professional and lay health care forums, conduct research and apply findings to clinical practice.
Nurse Practitioners  are licensed in all states and practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed. They provide high-quality care in rural, urban and suburban communities, in many types of settings including clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or Nurse Practitioner practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges, and public health departments.
By:  Dana Essner, NP
About Dana:
A nurse practitioner for almost 20 years, Dana is double board certified in both Pediatric & Family Medicine. she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida Atlantic University, & her Master of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University in 1999. Dana then completed a Post Master’s Degree program at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dana is a member of  the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
She has extensive experience in emergency, urgent and primary care. Prior to joining Dr. Brendan Mulholland’s practice in 2015, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the emergency room at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. . Dana is furthering her education by obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice through the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where her doctoral project focuses on using food as medicine and lifestyle changes to reduce chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, autoimmune disease and the symptoms of menopause.  Dana’s unique focus on lifestyle medicine encourages patients to take control of their own health and she works in partnership with them to achieve their health goals.
Dana is a Nurse Practitioner in Shrewsbury Family Medicine.