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What is a Nurse Practitioner? By Sarah Clawson, CNP
June 2, 2015
There is an increase in the overall population, aging baby boomers, and newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. These factors will bring millions more into the health care system, adding to the primary care shortage dilemma facing America today. Because of this shortage, nurse practitioners are playing an ever increasing role in providing primary care.
What is a nurse practitioner?
What can nurse practitioners do?
NPs have played an important role in the health care team since the 1960’s. An NP may practice independently and manage patients as a primary provider. Many NPs maintain close collaborative relationships with doctors and consult them when needed. NPs are licensed in all 50 states and can write prescriptions for most medications.
Why see an NP?
For more information about nurse practitioners please visit www.aanp.org. Madison Health is pleased to offer the services of family nurse practitioners as well as family physicians at both primary care locations. To schedule an appointment at Madison Health Primary Care of London please call 740-845-7500. To schedule at Madison Health Primary Care of West Jefferson please call 614-879-8141.
Sarah Clawson is a certified nurse practitioner at Madison Health Primary Care of London.