About NPs
Section Editor Alex Smithing

Why Choose a Nurse Practitioner?

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness, and administer physical exams. NPs differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education. NPs specialize in providing all encompassing individualized care. Most NPs specialize in particular areas of health care. Many NPs work in primary & acute care settings including:

What Services Do NPs Provide?

Where Do Nurse Practitioners Work?

Since their inception in the 1960's, Nurse Practitioners have been overcoming barriers to health care. They specialize in providing health care to under-served populations. This allows NPs to practice in a variety of settings both urban and rural including:

NP FAQs or How to Become A Nurse Practitioner

Links to other sites with Nurse Practitioner definitions:

Updated April 29, 2004