What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosis and treatment with an emphasis on disease prevention and health management. As a valuable members of the clinical team at Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC), our nurse practitioners bring a unique, holistic approach to our patients. They are not required to practice under the supervision of a physician, but they work independently and in collaboration with our physicians. Each of our clinical nurse practitioner’s care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health education, counseling, and the diagnosis and management of acute and primary diseases.
As part of the care a patient may receive, our nurse practitioners will:
- Perform history and physical exams
- Diagnose and treat medical problems
- Order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests
- Educate and counsel individuals, families, and groups
- Provide healthcare maintenance exams
- Provide immunizations and well-child care
In the state of Maryland, there are more than 3,400 nurse practitioners practicing in a variety of medical specialties. NPs are licensed by the State Board of Nursing, and they must also be certified in their specific specialty. Each NP is required to have a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.