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Nurse Practitioner Difference
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Its been approx 9 months 25 days since I lost baby, I was told not to try again, but want to. Is it too soon. Nurse practitioner said wait a year.
See details: The is no reason to wait that long. Who told you not to try again and why was this advice given? ...Read more
Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
CNM > WHNP.: Cnms have actual delivery privileges - whnps do not. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I'm due to have a colonoscopy for suspected IBD. A nurse practitioner is due to perform it. Should that concern me? Rearranging might take too long.
No: She wouldn't be doing it if she was incompetent ...Read more