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What is a nurse practitioner?

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Dan’s Answer

A nurse practitioner is a mid-level provider, they usually deal with milder cases in collaboration with a physician for oversight. Similar to a physician assistant but potentially a less competitive path as you can avoid undergrad filtering system.
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Katherine’s Answer

A nurse practitioner is a healthcare professional with either a master's degree or doctoral degree in nursing. Their practice varies by state, but many of them perform similar work to a primary care physician (someone with an MD or DO degree), though their training is very different and they usually must work closely with a physician.
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Estelle’s Answer

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses that continue their education so that they can perform exams and patient care with more autonomy. They work under the supervision of an attending physician. I employ a nurse practitioner as a physician extender. She sees well patients for annual exams and prescribes birth control, for example. She also screens people that might have more difficult issues that require my expertise. Nurse practitioners are in high demand, and it's a great career.
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Richard’s Answer

I am a radiologist who works with 5 mid-level providers

They spend 1/3 of their day evaluating patients for procedures, completing a history and physical on each patient.

The other 2/3 of the day is performing radiology procedures such as:
Barium studies, like upper gi series or barium enema
Ultrasound guided biopsies of thyroid and liver
CT guided biopsies of lung and liver
CT guided drainages of abdominal abscess
Placing central lines, dialysis catheters and PIC lines.
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Suddhasattwa’s Answer

Hi Robert, NP managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease and its mostly depends on what specialization you have. its better if you have advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and specialize in dermatology, cardiovascular health or oncology to contribute more thru your profession. hope this helps.
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