Nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), NPs often specialize by patient population, including pediatric, adult-gerontology and women’s health. NPs may also subspecialize in areas such as physical medicine, dermatology, cardiovascular health, and oncology.
Since 1965, the role of the NP has been steadily evolving. These professionals typically need at least a master’s degree to practice, and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is quickly becoming the preferred level of preparation in this field. According to the consensus model, “all APRNs are educationally prepared to provide a scope of services across the health wellness-illness continuum to at least one population focus as defined by nationally recognized role and population-focused competencies.”
In fact, AANP’s Quality of NP Practice article summarizes evidence that patients under NPs have higher satisfaction, fewer unnecessary ER visits, fewer hospital readmissions, and fewer preventable hospitalizations compared to patients under the care of primary care physicians.Say something interesting about your business here.
As most people know a chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through adjustment or manipulation of the spine.
Chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve function using many therapies to treat back pain.