Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are educated and trained to provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic condition. According to the International Council of Nurses, an nurse practitioner/advanced practice registered nurse is "a registered nurse who has acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for expanded practice beyond that of an registered nurse, the characteristics of which would be determined by the context in which he or she is credentialed to practice. Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions, both physical and mental, through history and physical exam and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. NPs are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice.
Related Journals of Nurse Practitioner Updates
Journal of Perioperative & Critical Intensive Care Nursing, Pediatric Care & Nursing, Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing, Research & Reviews: Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences, Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, Journal of Patient Care, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Journal of The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, Gastroenterology Nursing