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The Pulse of the Profession

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What is a Nurse Practitioner in the USA?

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have undergone extensive training to treat their own patients. A nurse practitioner (NP) is a blend between a clinician and a nurse. They can examine, diagnose, and treat their own patients, and in some states, they can also write and dispense prescriptions.  Nurse practitioners (NPs) are at the highest level of nursing. They often work in physician’s offices, and some states even allow them to open their own practices. 

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