Nurse Practitioner Evangeline Reyes-Pastorella

Department of Neurosurgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

AANP YouTube video "National Medical Reports" on benefits of NPs

Who is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an RN who has earned a separate license as a NP through additional education and experience in a distinct specialty area of practice. Nurse practitioners may diagnose, treat, and prescribe for a patient's condition that falls within their specialty area of practice. NPs provide high quality health care services. Today, NPs are mainstream providers found in both primary and specialty care. Focusing on health promotion, education, and counseling as well as disease prevention, NPs assist their patients in making healthy choices. Increasingly, the public has grown to rely upon NPs to provide high quality, individualized care resulting in high levels of patient satisfaction.

NPs serve as primary health care professionals for you and your family
NPs offer both general and specialized health care services
NPs spend quality time listening to your concerns, working with you to help you achieve and maintain good health, and carefully explaining your health care options to provide the appropriate diagnosis and treatment
NP services are covered by most insurance plans
NPs work independently in collaboration with other health care professionals


What can NPs Do?

NPs not only treat illnesses, they teach you and your family how to get healthy and stay that way.  They can provide services that were formerly only available through physicians, including:

Physical examinations
Diagnosis and treatment of illnesses
Prescription of medications
Ordering and interpreting laboratory tests
Educating your and your family about making health lifestyle choices
Coordinating your health care services

What are the educational requirements for NPs?

NPs must have advanced education and clinical training to practice, and must maintain their certification on an ongoing basis.

NPs are required to be Registered Nurses
NPs must graduate from a NYS approved Nurse Practitioner program
NPs must have a Master's Degree before sitting for the national certification exam
NPs relicense every three years in NYS and update their national certification every five years through ongoing training and education

What specialty areas do NPs cover?

Over one half of all NPs offer primary care in family and adult health specialty areas. In addition, NPs practice in a wide range of other specialty areas, including:

State Education Department Certified specialties:
Acute Care
Adult Health
College Health
Community Health
Family Health
Holistic Nursing
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Palliative Care
School Health
Women's Health

Where do NPs practice?

NPs can be found in independent practices, as well as a variety of health care and other settings:

Business and Industry Employee Health Centers 
Community Health Centers
Home Health Care Agencies
Hospitals and Clinics
Nurse Practitioner Offices
Nursing Homes and Hospices
Physician Offices
Public Health Departments
Schools of Nursing
Clinics and Schools
The Armed Forces/VA Facilities