Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. (context medicine English) A professional nursing designation recognized in some jurisdictions, denoting an individual who is fully qualified as a nurse and who has additional qualifications and authorization to provide diagnosis and/or treatments, including writing prescriptions .
n. a registered nurse who has received special training and can perform many of the duties of a physician [syn: NP, nurse clinician]
Nurse practitioners (NP) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are educated and trained to provide health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic condition. According to the International Council of Nurses, an NP/advanced practice registered nurse is "a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice. A master's degree is recommended for entry level."
Usage examples of "nurse practitioner".
The surgeon reread the printout that the blood-analyzer unit had spat out a minute before, and handed it back to the nurse practitioner.
He said he'd love to have a nurse practitioner of his very own, by the way, if you're interested.
They were straightforward, concise, with attending physician and nurse practitioner notes.
The nurse practitioner gave each of them a battery of shots as well as prescriptions for antimalarial drugs.
Despite the insufficient number of doctors willing to practice in rural areas, studies showed that most patients preferred a nurse practitioner or physician’.
By the time she arrived, bringing the local nurse practitioner with her, Harry had used his kind's hypnotic gift to convince the intruders they hadn't seen a huge black wolf.