About Nurse Practitioners
There are four types of Advanced Practice registered Nurses (APRN). APRNs have Masters and Doctoral degrees and national certification to practice. In Florida APRNs are titled Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).
Nurse Practitioner (NP) - manage and provide primary and acute care, diagnose illness, prescribe tests and medications, promote health and wellness. They must pass a rigorous National Certification Exam. They hold Masters or Doctoral degrees. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) researched the quality of nurse practitioners and found that they have equal safety and quality outcomes as physicians. The IOM recommends that nurse practitioners be able to practice independently with full prescriptive ability.
What is an NP? AANP Resource
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Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) - manage and provide obstetrical and gynecological care, deliver babies and provide well woman primary care.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - manage and provide anesthesia care and pain management services.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) - provide clinical expertise to effect system-wide changes to improve health care programs and improve outcomes of individual patients.