What is a Nurse Practitioner? Nurse
Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who are prepared, through
advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of
preventive and acute health care services to individuals of all ages.
Today, NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a
master's degree. NPs take health histories and provide complete physical
examinations; diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems;
interpret laboratory results and X-rays; prescribe and manage medications
and other therapies; provide health teaching and supportive counseling
with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and
refer patients to other health professionals as needed.