Why Choose a Nurse Practitioner for Primary Care?

Nurse practitioners (NP) bring a comprehensive perspective to health care making them the health partner of choice for millions of Americans.  They offer the attractive blend of clinical expertise coupled with an emphasis on disease prevention and health management.

As a primary care provider, a nurse practitioner can assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans – including prescribing medications.

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For almost half a century, nurse practitioners have been providing primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages.

Autonomously and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:

  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays.

  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.

  • Prescribing medications and other treatments.

  • Managing patients’ overall care.

  • Counseling.

  • Educating patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices.

What sets nurse practitioners apart from other healthcare providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person, which includes educating patients on the effects that health problems will have on them, their loved ones and their communities.

People who choose a nurse practitioner for primary care tend to have lower out-of-pocket costs, fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.

With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, nurse practitioners guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which can improve overall quality of life.

Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment with our nurse practitioner.