What is a Nurse Practitioner?

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner, also known as an advanced registered nurse practitioner or ARNP, is a registered nurse who completed a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Due to their advanced experience and dedication, nurse practitioners are able to perform functions beyond that of an RN, such as prescribing medication, ordering diagnostic testing, and providing diagnoses for acute and chronic conditions.

Additionally, they have clinical training that exceeds what is necessary to become a registered nurse. While not required, many nurse practitioners also go on to specialize in a certain field.

What does an ARNP do?

A nurse practitioner is trained in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness and administer physical exams. They specialize in providing all encompassing individualized care.

In our clinic, our providers collaborate with each other to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for you, our patient. Our nurse practitioners are supported by our physicians. Because of this team approach, you should feel comfortable seeing any and all of our providers.

What services do they offer?

  • Obtain medical histories and perform exams
    Provide immunizations and other preventative care
    Diagnose and treat illness
    Identify, treat and manage chronic diseases
    Order and interpret tests such as x-rays and labs
    Prescribe medications
    Prescribe physical therapy and other rehab therapy
    Provide education to allow patients to make decisions about their health
    Perform procedures such as suturing, casting, and skin biopsies
    Refer to other providers
  • …and more!

Learn more about our Nurse Practitioners!

Sharon Squibb, MS, CNM, ARNP, NCMP

Nurse Practitioner, Midwife

Kayla Wallace, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner