The role of the advanced practice nurse in nurse-patient cultural gap.
The role of the advanced practice nurse is to provide comprehensive, specialized healthcare services to individuals, families, and communities. Advanced practice nurses are highly trained professionals who serve as primary care providers and offer a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative health care services. They have advanced education in fields such as nursing, pharmacology, psychology, or public health.
Some of the services they can provide includes ordering and interpreting tests and consulting with physicians or other specialists when necessary; providing primary care for acute illnesses; performing physical examinations; diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions including illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure; prescribing medications; educating patients about their care plans; providing patient counseling; managing chronic diseases; collaborating with other healthcare providers on complex cases. They also play an important role in research by collecting data for analysis that may help improve patient care outcomes.