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What does a nurse practitioner do?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Patient care: Nurse practitioner operate under supervision of registered nurses and doctors. They provide general aspects of patient comfort and care but depending upon the jurisdiction do not generally give out medications or perform injections. They are a useful, albeit lower paid, part of the health care team.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Provide some care: A nurse practitioner (np) is usually a registered nurse (rn) who has additional training and experience in taking are of certain simpler medical problems and diseases, under the supervision of a physician. What a nurse practitioner can do depends on what the supervising doctor is comfortable allowing him or her to do. There are usually state laws that limit what np's are allowed to do.

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What's a certified nurse practitioner?

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Nurse practitioner: Np can perform physical exams and write medications for physical illnesses which are co-signed by a physician.

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