Nurse Practitioner

Diabetapedia definition: A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. Depending on the state, a NP is allowed to provide a broad range of healthcare services, which may include:
– Taking the patient’s history, performing a physical exam, and ordering laboratory tests and procedures
– Diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases
– Providing prescriptions and coordinating referrals
– Promoting healthy activities together with the patient
– Performing certain procedures
Some nurse practitioners work in clinics without doctor supervision. Others work together with doctors as a joint healthcare team.

Reference: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

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