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Dr. Michael Becich
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Nurse Practitioners (Overview)

Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced training to provide basic medical care services similar to that offered by a physician.


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What can nurse practitioners do?

What can nurse practitioners do?

Depends on state law: The scope of practice for arnp's depends on the state where they practice, and they generally have to work in coordination with an md. Here in washington state, they are under the purview of the nursing board, not the medical board so that provides a degree of flexibility. I work with several very talented nurse practitioners and they fill a valuable role. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Becich
209 doctors shared insights

Nurse Practitioners (Overview)

Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced training to provide basic medical care services similar to that offered by a physician.


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Can you please tell me how nurse practitioners and registered nurses differ?

RN vs NP: Np is a registered nurse who gets additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and usually work under the supervision of a physician. In some states they are allowed to work independently and write prescriptions. ...Read more

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Can nurse practitioners prescribe medications?

Can nurse practitioners prescribe medications?

Yes: Np's may prescribe medication, with some limitations that may be related to state regulations. These usually relate to controlled substances such as narcotics. ...Read more

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How much salary do neonatal nurse practitioners make?

How much salary do neonatal nurse practitioners make?

A lot: It also depends from state and particular hospital, grossly about $100, 000, but don't forget, there is a tough competition also. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on nurse practitioners as medical providers?

They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more

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Do all docs & nurse practitioners need to have liability insurance to practice?

Do all docs & nurse practitioners need to have liability insurance to practice?

No: Doctors (and presumably also nurse practitioners) need to have a license to practice. Malpractice liability insurance is purchased by doctors unless the insurance is too expensive, which has actually happened in some states, creating a malpractice insurance crisis . . . Meaning that the amount a doctor earns from providing patient care is not enough to pay malpractice insurance premiums. ...Read more

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Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Yes: Most nurse practitioners should be able to do prostate exams. ...Read more

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How qualified are nurse practitioners? I see an fnp when i go into docs for illness etc. I'm always nervous they will miss something or get it wrong.

Good question: Very politically charged question. Certainly depends on who you ask. Fnps have formalized training and certification testing. If you feel uncomfortable in a patient/provider situation you should consider finding someone else. We still have the freedom to chose for now. ...Read more

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How can I know how qualified are psychiatric nurse practitioners?

How can I know how qualified are psychiatric nurse practitioners?

I have worked with : Some really knowledge psychiatric nurse practitioners who knew their a to z's of medications. I suspect there is variability just as there is with physicians. If case is particularly complex - a psychiatrist may be a good option. Take care. ...Read more

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Are psychiatric nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners the same thing?

Are psychiatric nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners the same thing?

Profession query: No they are not one and the same - psych np has prescription privileges and can collaborate with a psychiatrist to provide psychopharm services whereas psychiatric nursing deals more with inpatient nursing care. ...Read more

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Dr. Elisha Atkins
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Nurses (Definition)

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