Nurse Practitioners

Common Questions About Nurse Practitioners

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists utilizes nurse practitioners as part of the medical team in all areas of orthopedics.

The training of a nurse practitioner goes beyond the training of a registered nurse (RN). They have gone on to complete an intensive Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program which typically takes four years.

Their training includes anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and physical diagnosis and treatment. This training is followed by clinical rotations. A nurse practitioner is a graduate of an accredited program and is authorized by the state or credentialed by the federal government to practice medicine. 

When Will I See a Nurse Practitioner?

At Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, our nurse practitioner works closely with our orthopedic surgeons to provide the highest level of compassionate care. Under doctor supervision, her role includes taking medical histories; examining and diagnosing patients; ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and imaging studies, such as X-rays and MRI scans; prescribing medications; treating orthopedic injuries and conditions; and assisting in orthopedic surgeries.

Will my insurance pay for me to see a nurse practitioner?

It is customary for insurance to cover services rendered by nurse practitioners.