Depending on the location of practice, the level of independence for a nurse practitioner may vary greatly. Often times NYX’s nurse practitioner’s will work completely independently of a physician. Sometimes nurse practitioners are required to work in collaboration with a physician. The role, duties, medical treatments, and pharmacologic abilities of the nurse practitioner depend on the state of licensure. Nurse Practitioner role and responsibilities may include:

  • Diagnosing, treating, and helping patients manage acute and chronic illnesses,
  • Conducting physical examinations and interpreting medical history,
  • Performing diagnostic tests and procedures,
  • Prescribing age-specific physical therapy and rehabilitation,
  • Prescribing pharmacologic treatments (depends on state regulation),
  • Providing prenatal care, family planning services, and screening services,
  • Primary and specialty care services for adults and children,
  • Performing minor surgeries and procedures, and
  • Counseling and educating patients about preventive measures to avoid illness.