Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions (both physical and mental) through comprehensive history taking, physical exam, and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. NPs (within their scope of practice) are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions.
Everyone these days talks about the shortage of primary care providers - ironic, because people with better access to primary care have better outcomes (duh). And nurse practitioners do exactly that, in many different settings. In an increasing number of states, they’re finally being authorized to practice independently.
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