The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in the Management of Rheumatic Disease

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The role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) is to provide preventative care, treatment and management of acute and chronic illnesses. NPs demonstrate a high level of independence and clinical expertise in the management of rheumatic diseases using advanced clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, and therapeutic interventions. NPs integrate education, research, management, leadership, and collaboration with other health professionals into their clinical roles to maximize a patient’s health.

What does the Nurse Practitioner do?

  • Take health histories
  • Preform physical examinations
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Make diagnoses
  • Develop a course of treatment for patients in collaboration with other health professions
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments in accordance with state laws
  • Provide education and counseling for individuals, families, and communities
  • Conduct research and program planning
  • Serves as an advocate

Where does the Nurse Practitioner work?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Home health
  • Nursing homes

What kind of training does the Nurse Practitioner have?

  • They are registered nurses with additional advanced education and training at the master’s or doctorate level
  • NP educational curriculum includes courses in advanced health assessment, physiology, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced therapeutics and specialty preparation, as well as research methodology and utilization
  • They are licensed by the individual states in which they practice
  • They are regulated by both the individual states and federal government Most are nationally certified in their specialty area
  • Most rheumatology NPs work collaboratively with a rheumatologist as part of a team

This information is provided for general education only. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional medical advice, diagnoses and treatment of a medical or health condition.