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Role of the Nurse Practitioner

“Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are licensed, independent practitioners who practice in ambulatory, acute and long-term care as primary and/or specialty care providers. Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat, and manage acute episodic and chronic illnesses. NPs are experts in health promotion and disease prevention. They order, conduct, supervise, and interpret diagnostic and laboratory test, prescribe pharmacological agents and non-pharmacologic therapies, teach and counsel patients, make differential diagnoses, manage and initiate treatment plans.

NPs practice autonomously and in coordination with health care professionals and other integral individuals, as part of the health care team. They may serve as health care researchers, interdisciplinary consultants, and patient advocates. NPs provide a wide-range of health care services to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

NPs are advanced practice registered nurses who obtain graduate education, post master’s certificates and doctoral degrees. Board certification is required to practice in the State of Illinois. In addition to board certification, Nurse Practitioners are also required to maintain their Registered Nurse Licensure, and complete 130 hours of continuing education credits every five years.”

Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners