They may be called nurse practitioners, but these health care experts are much more than just nurses. Their advanced education and training as well as their vast experience stands them in good stead when it comes to diagnosing and treating patients. Certainly not to detract from the value of doctors, but in some cases, it’s actually better to see a nurse practitioner than a licensed physician. Here are the many benefits of seeing a nurse practitioner and how to choose the right one for you.
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Choosing the best nurse practitioner
When it comes to choosing the right nurse practitioner for your needs, your best bet is a local nurse practitioner who specializes in treating your specific needs.
Find a local nurse practitioner
Check your locale for nurse practitioners. You can use sites like NP Finder or go through your local directory listing. Call to see what field of medicine the nurse practitioners specialize in and select one that matches your medical needs. In general, it's best to stick with a nuse practitioner who practices close to where you live so you don't have to commute long distances just to get medical care.
Make an appointment with the nurse practitioner
If your visit goes well and you're satisfied, then schedule a follow up visit. If you're not satisfied or if the nurse practitioner cannot provide adequate care for your illness, ask her to recommend other nurse practitioners in the area.
Nurse practitioners can provide excellent medical care, often sooner than a doctor, and they can save you money on health care. The next time you need to see a medical professional, consider the expertise of a nurse practitioner.
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