Welcome to See The NP!
Did you know that Nurse Practitioners are one of the fastest growing segments of health care? According to the U.S. Government’s Health Resources and Service Administration, “HRSA projects a 30% increase in the supply of primary care NPs over the period 2010-2020”. You can read more about the full analysis here.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
So, what is a Nurse Practitioner? A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has also completed a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in nursing. In addition, s/he has completed between 500-1000 hours of clinical mentorship. The NP works with another Nurse Practitioner or MD to get hands on training during this time.
Nurse Practitioners then need to obtain Certification. The Certification exam is a nationwide exam that tests NPs on all elements of their specialty practice. It’s similar to the Medical Licensing Exam, or medical boards, for physicians.
What NP Specialties are there?
Nurse Practitioners provide care throughout the lifespan. An NP may currently be board certified in any of the following areas:
Acute Care NP
Adult Gerontology NP
Psychiatric and Mental Health NP
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
What’s so Great about Nurse Practitioners?
Being an NP is both an art and a science. NP training is based on the core values demonstrated by Florence Nightingale. Nightingale tended to soldiers injured in the Crimean war. She used both a scientific approach to saving lives, and a caring approach which tended the whole person.
Nurse Practitioners are dedicated to research, science, and evidence based practice. At the same time they never forget the human being receiving the care. They are focused on understanding the illness and recovery experience for each person.
NPs also focus on making sure the medical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and family aspects of illness and wellness are addressed. And you know what…patients love that! Research studies show Nurse Practitioners often outscore physicians in patient satisfaction ratings.
With a foundation in nursing, NPs have already spent many years caring for all elements of patient health needs, working closely with families and engaging with the community.
Nurse Practitioners also work very closely with physicians and together, NPs and MDs make an excellent health care team.
What is SeeTheNP?
This is a Nurse Practitioner, run and developed medical education website. The material provided here is based on current research, and aims to help people understand existing illnesses, and how to prevent disease and live a healthy and happy life.
Please remember that the information on this site does not replace seeing a Nurse Practitioner, MD, or other licensed medical professional in person! Always seek medical care from a living breathing licensed practitioner who can examine you in person.