What is a Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant?

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are known as advanced practice providers – they are health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision.

Advanced practice providers are essential members of the Prevea family. They benefit the organization through efficiency and improved patient care. Advanced practice providers are non-physician health care professionals with advanced education and training to provide you with high quality comprehensive care.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Obtain medical histories
  • Perform physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat acute illnesses
  • Diagnose and manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as lab work and X-rays
  • Prescribe medications and other therapies/treatment
  • Provide prenatal care and family planning services
  • Provide well-child care, including screenings and immunizations
  • Perform procedures such as suturing and casting
  • Assist in surgery
  • Administer injections

Nurse Practitioner (NP), Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber (APNP) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education, generally a master’s degree or higher, and clinical training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation. Some nurse practitioners go on to get their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). DNP is the highest degree in nursing and focuses on patient care as well as clinical practice outcomes and improvements.
Nurse practitioners provide high quality services in primary, acute and specialty areas by combining nursing and medical care. Nurse practitioners care for patients autonomously, collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals as appropriate. Their focus is on prevention, wellness and patient education. Nurse practitioners are certified, participate in continuing education and practice according to state regulations.
Physician Assistant (PA-C)
Most physician assistants are trained in graduate-level programs that include intensive classroom and laboratory instruction followed by several clinical experiences. Physician assistants provide high quality care in primary, acute and specialty areas. Physician assistants are certified, participate in continuing education and practice according to state regulations.

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