A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a nurse with advanced university education who works both independently and in collaboration with other health professionals to provide you with quality health care services. NPs take care of the physical, emotional, and social aspects of their patients’ health needs.
Nurse Practitioners in primary health care (NP-PHC) have additional education and advanced decision-making skills in the assessment and diagnosis of acute illnesses and injuries and in the management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. They have the knowledge and authority to prescribe certain medications. They are authorized to order laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic tests. They may also refer to other health professionals.
NPs help keep their patients, patients’ family and community well. NPs provide care to individuals of all ages and focus on preventing disease and promoting health and well-being.