What is a Nurse Practitioner? 3 Things You Should Know
October 6, 2018 | Good Primary Care
“My husband and I took my Mother-in-Law here to establish primary care. My Mother-in-Law is facing end of life decisions and I just felt like Breanna, Health Coach and Melissa Gravalos, NP handled things beautifully. Great bedside manner and compassionate perspective shines here.”
At Iora, all of our primary care providers, including physicians and nurse practitioners are hired for their qualifications and depth of experience and each provider spends more time with, listens to, and treats the whole person.
People often don’t realize that nurse practitioners are very similar to physicians in that they are able to diagnose, treat, prescribe and operate independently of another provider.
Below are three things you may not have realized about nurse practitioners:
Education and Training:
The training NPs have places an emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. The focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling helps NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices.
To be recognized as expert health care providers and ensure the highest quality of care, NPs undergo rigorous national certification through either the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. NPs are then licensed to practice in each state by the individual state Board of Nursing and are able to diagnose, treat, prescribe and operate independently of a physician.
Care With an NP:
Iora’s care and team approach is based on relationships—between our patients and our team. We have found that a mix of both doctors and NPs, along with our other team members—Behavioral Health Specialists, Health Coaches, etc. is ideal to serve our patients.
In 2017, more than 87% of NPs were prepared in primary care programs, while only 14.5% of physicians entered a primary care residency. Nurse Practitioners have a background in taking care of the whole person and their family members, which makes them a perfect fit for Iora.