About RN(NP)s

RN(NP) Role:

Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioners) are registered nurses with additional education and training. This education allows them to provide expanded health services to clients and families. They are able to diagnose and treat common medical disorders, prescribe medications and treatments, and provide referrals to specialists. RN(NP)s work in rural and urban hospitals and clinics and improve access to care.  

Several studies show that RN(NP)s provide just as good of care as physicians. RN(NP)s ease the burden on the healthcare system and assist in providing high quality health care. Due to the positive contributions RN(NP)s make to patients and the health care system, the opportunities for RN(NP) roles is increasing.

NP care can improve patient access.

Horrocks, S., Anderson, E. & Salisbury, C. (2002). Systematic review of whether nurse practitioners working in primary care can provide equivalent care to doctors. British Journal of Medicine, 324, 819-823.

Laurant M., Reeves D., Hermens R., Braspenning J., Grol R. & Sibbald B. (2005). Substitution of doctors by nurses in primary care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2), CD001271.

Lenz, E.R., Mundinger, M.O., Kane, R.L., Hopkins, S.C. & Lin, S.X. (2004). Primary care outcomes in patients treated by nurse practitioners or physicians: two-year follow-up. Medical Care Research and Review, 61(3), 332-351.

NP care improves patient satisfaction.

Agosta, L.J. (2009). Patient satisfaction with nurse practitioner-delivered primary healthcare services. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21 (11), 610-617.

Brown, D.J. (2007). Consumer perspectives on nurse practitioners and independent practice. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 19 (10), 523-529.

NPs can positively impact healthcare costs.

Chen, C., McNeese-Smith, D., Cowan, M., Upenieks, V. & Afifi, A. (2009). Evaluation of a nurse practitioner-led care management model in reducing inpatient drug utilization and cost. Nursing Economics, 27 (3), 160-168.

Chenoweth, D., Martin, N., Pankowski, J. & Raymond, L.W. (2008). Nurse practitioner services: Three-year impact on health care costs. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 50(11), 1293-1298.

Dierick-van Daele, A.T.M., Steuten, L.M.G., Metsemakers, J.F.M., Derckx, E.W.C.C., Spreeuwenberg, C. & Vrijhoef, H.J.M. (2010). Economic evaluation of nurse practitioners versus GPs in treating common conditions. British Journal of General Practice, 60 (570), e28-35.

 

 

Testimonial - Michael McFadden RN(NP)