nurse practitioner


: a registered nurse who is qualified through advanced training to assume some of the duties and responsibilities formerly assumed only by a physician
abbreviation NP

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This drama series follows nurse practitioner Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge), who recently moved to a remote Northern California town called Virgin River, determined to find a new start. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 Nancy Hilburn, 56, was one farmworker at The Blossom Farm who wanted to see the nurse practitioner. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2023 Alejandro Mataverde, 79, of Oakland County, Cornelius Oprisiu, 82, of Livingston County, both physicians and Shafiq Rehman , 59, of Wayne County, a licensed nurse practitioner, were all employees of Infinity. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 8 Feb. 2023 To begin the test, the team was weighed by a nurse practitioner supervising the test to see how accurate each scale was. Caroline Thomason, Health, 6 Feb. 2023 Would your primary care physician, with your full medical history in front of her, give a different interpretation of your blood pressure numbers than the retail clinic’s nurse practitioner did? Nerdwallet, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2023 He was seen by two nurses, one of whom had seen him the first time, and was then examined by a nurse practitioner, Carlos Flores. Jonathan Saltzman,, 27 Mar. 2023 In buying Signify Health, CVS Health will add to its growing menu of healthcare services that includes more than 9,000 retail drugstores, 1,100 MinuteClinics staffed by nurse practitioners and the nation’s third largest health insurer, Aetna. Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 For example, the agency allowed hospitals to make broader use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants when caring for Medicare patients. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nurse practitioner was in 1967

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“Nurse practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

nurse practitioner

: a registered nurse who through advanced training is qualified to assume some of the duties and responsibilities formerly assumed only by a physician
abbreviation NP

called also nurse clinician

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