Nurse practitioners are nurses who have extra training that allows them to diagnose and treat common diseases/illnesses and injuries. A primary care nurse practitioner has the training and skills to provide primary health care to all ages.
Along with the doctors, nurses and other team members, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) take care of the physical, emotional, mental and social aspects of their client’s health needs.
A visit to an NP at the BCHC can include treatment for an acute illness, a routine prenatal check-up, a well-baby exam, the monitoring and treatment of chronic illnesses, immunizations and screening such as PAP tests.
What can Nurse Practitioners do for me?
- Diagnose and treat illnesses/injuries
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests
- Help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD and asthma
- Provide referrals to other medical professionals
- Perform physical check-ups
- Consult with doctors to provide care when needed
- Order most medications
- Provide health education