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Who are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses?

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. Entry level preparation for practice is a master´s degree.

What is the role of a nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are primary care providers who practice in outpatient, acute, and chronic care settings. NPs diagnose and manage acute and chronic illnesses with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. NPs may order, conduct, supervise and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests as well as prescribe pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies.

What is the role of a certified nurse midwife?

Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide health care to women with a focus on primary care issues, family planning and gynecologic needs. CNMs specialize in care during pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period and the care of the newborn. Prescribing the appropriate drugs and treatments is an essential component of a CNM´s practice.

What is the role of a nurse anesthetist?

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia professionals who personally administer approximately 65% of all anesthetics given to patients each year in the U.S. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered.

What is the role of a clinical nurse specialist?

Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) provide direct patient care and provide consultations for nursing staff. CNS´ focus on assisting patients in the prevention or resolution of illness, with medical diagnosis and treatment of disease, injury and disability. CNS practice occurs in settings across the health care delivery continuum.