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

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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