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What is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse?

What is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse?

See below: A registered nurse (rn) is a nurse who has his/her associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing & has fulfilled the state requirements (including an exam) to work as a "registered" nurse. A nurse practitioner has taken extra training to obtain a master's level degree in nursing practice. In most states, nurse practitioners can see, diagnose, treat, & prescribe meds to patients with md supervision. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an oncology nurse practitioner and an oncology nurse?

What is the difference between an oncology nurse practitioner and an oncology nurse?

Practitioner: Nurse practitioner can see you and can prescribe treatment while oncology nurse usually deliver chemotherapy or radiation but in actual she can not prescribe tratment by herself. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant?

What's the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant?

Almost the same: Their work is almost the same, but...
Nurse practitioner has more independence at work, they can work alone and have their own practice, also they have more academical education, such as master degree. In comparison, physician assistant needs to work only under licensed physician, and his degree of autonomy at work would depends on the licensed physician he works with and his experience. ...Read more

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What is the difference between neonatologist and a neonatal nurse practitioner?

What is the difference between neonatologist and a neonatal nurse practitioner?

Nurse/Doctor: Nurse practitioners anre nurse who received further traing in neonatology. A neonatologist is a doctor (M.D.) and did his residency in neonatology and sometimes more education ie. Fellow. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a "psychiatrist" and a "psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner"?

What is the difference between a "psychiatrist" and a "psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner"?

Medical school: Unlike a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist has completed medical school and years of residency training to gain expertise. ...Read more

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What is the difference in a nurse practitioner and a medical doctor. Both working in pediatric care and no surgical care?

Different: Nurse practitioner has a nursing degree and then master degree to become a np. Physicians go to medical school to get doctor's degree, then residency. Much longer way! ...Read more

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What can nurse practitioner do?

What can nurse practitioner do?

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. ...Read more

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What does a nurse practitioner do?

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. ...Read more

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What's a certified nurse practitioner?

What's a certified nurse practitioner?

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

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How can I become a nurse practitioner?

How can I become a nurse practitioner?

Check:: Http://www. Rncentral. Com/nursing-library/careplans/100_really_useful_web_sites_for_nurses

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How do you become a nurse practitioner?

See: Http://www. Rncentral. Com/nursing-library/careplans/100_really_useful_web_sites_for_nurses

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What can I do if a nurse practitioner wants to change my current medication and I don't want to have it changed.?

Discuss: You have the right to ask why are things being changed? All providers need to give you the information for change. Once you understand the reason for change then seek their input how the new meds would help. Then make a informed decision. If still not satisfied is ok to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner for a physical. What are some things that they won't be able to answer or do for me that my dr would?

I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner for a physical. What are some things that they won't be able to answer or do for me that my dr would?

It Depends: Most nps are very good at doing physicals and discussing routine check up questions. They are also usually good at knowing when something requires a higher md level of attention. They also can handle many common aliments just as competently as an md. The differences mostly come in when symptoms are difficult to diagnose or someone has a serious, rare condition. ...Read more

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What is neonatal nurse practitioner?

Just like it sounds: A nurse practitioner that specializes in neonatal medicine. ...Read more

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Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more

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Would you consider a nurse practitioner at a dermatologist office to be an expert on melanoma?

Would you consider a nurse practitioner at a dermatologist office to be an expert on melanoma?

Who is an Expert?: In my experience expertise comes with experience and not with a degree. I am a much wiser and smarter physician today than I was ten years ago. If the arnp is working in a dermatology office they are likely to have experience and thus expertise. ...Read more

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Do people see nurse practitioner in retail store for common colds such as bronchitis and the such?

Do people see nurse practitioner in retail store for common colds such as bronchitis and the such?

Not a good plan: Many of the retail chains have started putting nurse practitioners in their store. The common cold and bronchitis to not need antibiotics and I'm afraid that there is a lot of overprescribing going on because of the conflict of interest. Working for the store that sells the medications may not be such a good idea. See your own doctor. ...Read more

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Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

No: There are basic psychopharmacology courses that nurses can take, but none offers "certification as a psychopharmacologist." being able to independently prescribe such medications also depends on the laws in your state. Psychiatrists have many years' specialty training in psychopharmacology, and on-the-job review of their cases. Also, ascp certifies physicians in "advanced psychopharmacology.". ...Read more

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How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree. ...Read more

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Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion?

Can a nurse practitioner administer a blood transfusion?

Blood transfusion: Any nurse, whether an rn or np, is qualified to give blood. An np is also qualified to order a blood transfusion as long as she is following a protocol set up by the monitoring physician. ...Read more

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How much does a neonatal nurse practitioner do compared to a resident or fellow in nicu?

How much does a neonatal nurse practitioner do compared to a resident or fellow in nicu?

NNP/ resident-fellow: Nnps do most of the stuff that resident or the fellow does. They are more procedure oriented, specially central lines. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is psychiatrist responsible for prescriptions written by a nurse practitioner in his employ?

Hoping you can tell me, is psychiatrist responsible for prescriptions written by a nurse practitioner in his employ?

Independent practice: In some states, nurse practitioners can practice independently -- meaning they are self-employed. If employed by a physician in states where np's don't practice independently though, that physician is responsible for all prescriptions written. You would need to check the laws in your state to find out. ...Read more

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Who should be the central figure in my healthcare? My pcp or my psych nurse practitioner? My psych np seems to think she is.

Who should be the central figure in my healthcare? My pcp or my psych nurse practitioner? My psych np seems to think she is.

YOU are central: You are the central figure in your healthcare, because you live in your body and are experiencing your life. Others you select can partner with you in your health goals. It's important to have a primary care physician who follows all your medical issues. Your psychiatric nurse practitioner is not a physician, and helps you in very specific areas. You are where the buck stops, though! ...Read more

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My wife has rectal bleeding that comes and goes. She went to a nurse practitioner and found no hemmorhoids. What could cause this?

My wife has rectal bleeding that comes and goes. She went to a nurse practitioner and found no hemmorhoids. What could cause this?

Depends: There are multiple causes of rectal bleeding with the most common being hemorrhoids. Other causes can include colon polyps and colon tumors. Confirming that the blood is from the rectum (and not vagina), I would definitely recommend consideration for referral for colonoscopy for further evaluation. Rectal bleeding at any age should be fully evaluated. ...Read more

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Does it makes sense that I can only see a pain doctor once a year? The other times I need to see the nurse practitioner. Never heard of this.

Does it makes sense that I can only see a pain doctor once a year? The other times I need to see the nurse practitioner. Never heard of this.

Sometimes: In some pain practices the md does the initial evaluation and when a patient is fairly stable an np will do follow-up visits. The np should refer new questions or issues back to the physician who should be available on premises. ...Read more

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