According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than one billion visits made to nurse practitioners each year in the U.S., with patients reporting an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.
But what exactly is a nurse practitioner, and what do they do? Nurse practitioners undergo rigorous, graduate level training to provide a full range of healthcare services and manage a patient’s overall care. They evaluate patients, perform and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, write prescriptions and bring a comprehensive perspective to healthcare.
Nurse practitioners provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, equitable and evidence-based.
“By providing high-quality care and counseling, nurse practitioners can lower the cost of healthcare for patients,” says Linda van Hoff, ARNP with Overlake Clinics Primary Care – Redmond. “For example, patients who see nurse practitioners as their primary care provider often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.”
Nurse practitioners focus on the health and well-being of the whole person, emphasizing disease prevention, and health education and counseling. They guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices.
“Overlake has a dedicated team of more than 30 nurse practitioners who provide excellent and compassionate care daily,” says Patricia Mathis, ARNP with Overlake’s Metabolic and Bariatric Services program. “We enjoy being an integrated part of the Overlake teams and every day look forward to making a difference.”
Overlake nurse practitioners provide exceptional healthcare in our primary, urgent and specialty care clinics. Schedule an appointment today.