November 12 – 18 is Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to recognize the dedication and expertise that advanced nurse practitioners bring to patient care at hospitals and clinics across the country.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are involved in virtually every aspect of patient care. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, and prescribe medications. They are commonly involved in patient health education as well, helping patients manage chronic conditions, prevent disease, and make healthy lifestyle modifications.
In addition to possessing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, all NPs have earned a master’s degree and passed a rigorous national NP board certification exam. Typically, it takes between six and eight years to become a nurse practitioner, with the option to further specialize in a number of different areas of medicine, including pediatrics, women’s health, and orthopedics.
Access TeleCare’s specialty telemedicine programs are made possible, in part, by advanced practice providers like nurse practitioners who partner with our specialists and the on-site care teams of our partner hospitals and clinics to meet the care needs of our partners’ patients.
Learn more about the role advanced providers like nurse practitioners have in delivering excellent care through telemedicine.