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|About Nurse Practitioners|
Who Are Nurse Practitioners (NP)?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses and are integral to the U.S. health care system. Today, NPs are mainstream providers in all sectors of health including primary and specialty care. NPs diagnose, treat, and prescribe across a wide range of health conditions to all populations across the lifespan and take a true patient-centered approach to care. Focusing on health promotion, education, and counseling as well as disease prevention, NPs partner with their patients to make better health decisions. There are an estimated 222,000 NPs across the United States and New York has more NPs than any other state at approximately 18,000. NPs care for millions of patients annually and have a 50-year history, validated with numerous patient outcome studies, of providing high quality, personalized care resulting in high levels of patient satisfaction.
What Specialty Areas Do NPs Cover?
NPs practice in a wide range of health care specialty areas. The New York State Education Department certifies NPs in these specialties:
Where Do NP's Practice?
NPs are found throughout the entire health care system. They practice in independent nurse practitioner or physician practices and in a variety of other health care settings including:
What Can NPs Do?
NPs not only treat physical and mental conditions, they teach you and your family how to get healthy and stay that way. NPs can:
What Are the Educational Requirements for NPs?
NPs must first have a 4 year baccalaureate nursing degree and be a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). NPs are prepared at the Masters and Doctoral levels and build upon their RN clinical experience. This advanced education and clinical preparation allows NPs to deliver high-quality and evidence-based care.