A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education beyond that required of the generalist registered nurse (RN) role.
Nurse Practitioners have the authority to practice independently and:
Perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations
Diagnose and treat acute illnesses and injuries
Manage chronic health problems
Order and interpret diagnostic tests (x-rays, MRIs, etc.) and laboratory tests
Prescribe medications and therapies
Educate and counsel families regarding healthy lifestyles and healthcare options