Nurse practitioner (NP)
A registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced training program in a medical specialty such as family practice, pediatrics or internal medicine. An NP may function as a primary direct healthcare provider and prescribe medications. Patients generally appear to be just as happy — and in some cases, happier — to see a nurse practitioner as their primary care doctor, according to a number of studies (British Medical Journal 2000;320:1038-1048). Some NPs fill other roles such as in research rather than in primary direct patient care.

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