At Rancho Family Medical Group, our Nurse Practitioners play a very important part of our patient
What are Nurse Practitioners
NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services
similar to those of a physician. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health
problems. They have a unique approach and stress both
care and cure. Besides clinical care, NPs focus
on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and
counseling. They help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.
They are truly your Partners in Health.
How long have NPs been providing health
NPs have provided excellent health care for more than 45 years.
The first NPs were educated at the University of Colorado in 1965.
Programs soon spread across the U.S.
As of 2011, there are about 140,000 practicing NPs. Close to 9,000
new NPs are prepared each year at over 325 colleges and
How are NPs educated?
NPs have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond
their registered nurse preparation. Most have master’s degrees and many
Where are NPs licensed to practice and how are they
NPs are licensed in all states and the District of
Columbia. They practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which
they are licensed. Most NPs are nationally certified in their specialty area
and are recognized as expert healthcare providers. The faith that patients
have in NPs is shown by the almost 600 million visits made to NPs each
Where do NPs
in rural, urban, and
suburban communities. They practice in many types of settings. These
include clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private
physician or NP practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges, and public health
departments, to name a few.
What services do NPs provide?
From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a
healthy lifestyle, NPs provide a full range of services. Patients who
see NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care
Among the many services that NPs provide, they:
• Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and
• Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, infections and injuries
• Prescribe medications and other treatments
• Manage patients' overall care
• Spend time counseling patients
• Help patients learn how their actions affect
their health and well-being
NPs specialize in many areas, including:
• Acute Care
• Adult Health
• Family Health
• Gerontology Health
• Neonatal Health
• Pediatric/Child Health
• Psychiatric/Mental Health
• Women’s Health
For more information, visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.