Svetlana Sakirsky, NP in Family Health, PC
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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse Practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. NP can serve as a patient's regular health care provider. Because the profession is state regulated, care provided by NPs varies. Nurse Practitioner's duties include the following:

  • Counseling and educating patients on all areas of health
  • Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections, and injuries
  • Diagnosing, treating, and monitoring chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure)
  • Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations
  • Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic studies (e.g., lab tests, x-rays, EKGs)
  • Prescribing medications
  • Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
  • Providing family planning services
  • Providing health maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals

The core philosophy of the field is individualized care.



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