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
Dana is a Nurse Practitioner in Shrewsbury Family Medicine.