Laurence I. Radin, MD
Andrea Bartels, APRN
Andrea Stewart, APRN
Who are Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?
NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality health care services similar
to those of a doctor. NPs diagnose and treat a range of health problems. They have a
unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, NPs focus on
health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling.
How are NPs educated and licensed?
NPs have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered
nurse preparation. Most have master’s degrees and many have doctorates.
In Connecticut, NPs are licensed by the State of Connecticut and practice under state guidelines. NPs can see patients independently, can write prescriptions and can order testing and treatment.
What services do NPs provide?
From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide
a full range of services. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of
satisfaction with the care they receive.
Among the many services that NPs provide, they:
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
- Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, migraines, seizures, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and stroke
- Prescribe medications and other treatments
- Manage patients' overall care
- Spend time counseling patients
- Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being
More and more patients are seeing NPs as their primary, acute and/or specialty
healthcare provider. In addition to being top-notch healthcare providers, NPs deliver a
unique blend of nursing and medical care. They provide comprehensive, personalized
health education and counseling. NPs assist patients in making better lifestyle and