With each passing year, nurse practitioners become an increasingly vital part of our national healthcare system. They are the principal nursing group delivering primary care in the U.S. Their practice is at the heart of improved care outcomes for patients. On a daily basis, they increase quality all over the nation and add value to healthcare delivery.
Nurse practitioners are special. Educated on the graduate level, they have gone through learning, certification and skills training. NPs are competent in the treatment of patients, young and old, with varied illnesses, diseases and chronic conditions. They are diagnosticians, clinicians and teachers who have admitting, discharge and prescriptive privileges. They serve in specialties and settings that include hospitals, long-term and home care, medical offices, urgent care and retail clinics. They make rounds, perform physical exams and screenings and deal with everything from sore throats to cardiac arrhythmias. They do it all, working independently and in group practices. Their patients love them.
This special edition brings you the following features:
-Exclusive results from our recent nurse practitioner readership survey reveals insight into an NP career.
-Advice on the art of clinical intuition in making diagnoses and beginning treatment from a family practice NP.
-NP students on a service trip to Guatemala find basic care makes a real difference in outcomes.
-Work with underserved populations has rewards and challenges, according to two California NPs.
-Tips from a contracted advanced practice nurse on working with older adults at high risk for nursing home placement.