FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?
Why Family Practice Medicine?
What is a “Mid-Level Provider”?
The term “mid level-provider” is fast being recognized as a derogatory name for nurse practitioners. The term is oppressive and implies that NPs are only capable of taking care of minor and less complicated patients and conditions compared to medical doctors. Research has shown that most patients would prefer to see an NP and they are equally, if not more satisfied, receiving their care from an NP. Most importantly, NPs provide equal, if not better, health care treatment when outcome measures are reviewed.
What is the Nurse Practitioner’s Responsibility?
The role of the nurse practitioner continues to evolve in response to changing societal and health care needs. As leaders in primary and acute health care, nurse practitioners combine the roles of provider, mentor, educator, researcher and administrator. Members of the profession are responsible for advancing the role of the nurse practitioner and ensuring that the standards of the profession are maintained. This is accomplished through involvement in professional organizations and participation in health policy activities at the local, state, national and international levels.
What is a Nurse Practitioner’s Accountability when it comes to Treating Patients?
The autonomous nature of the nurse practitioner’s advanced clinical practice requires accountability for health care outcomes. Ensuring the highest quality of care requires certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, a code for ethical practice, evidence of continuing professional development and maintenance of clinical skills. Nurse practitioners are committed to seeking and sharing knowledge that promotes quality health care and improves clinical outcomes. This is accomplished by leading and participating in both professional and lay health care forums, conducting research and applying findings to clinical practice.
What Type of Education does a Nurse Practitioner Receive?
Entry level preparation for nurse practitioner practice is at the master’s, post master’s or doctoral level. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long term health care settings. Self-directed continued learning and professional development beyond the formal advanced education is essential to maintain clinical competency.
What is a Nurse Practitioner's Professional Role?
Nurse Practitioners are licensed independent practitioners who practice in ambulatory, acute and long term care as primary and/or specialty care providers. This is according to the practice specialty they provide including nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups. In addition to diagnosing and managing acute episodic and chronic illnesses, nurse practitioners emphasize health promotion and disease prevention.
Ordering, conducting, supervising, and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and prescription of pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies.
Teaching and counseling individuals, families and groups are a major part of a nurse practitioner’s practice.
What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality health care services similar to those of a physician. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. They help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices. They are truly your Partners in Health.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
What Should I Expect on my First Visit?
A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to other health-care practitioners.