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The role of the nurse practitioner

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Nurse practitioners are rapidly establishing themselves at the forefront of health care, yet what exactly is the role of the nurse practitioner?

All nurse practitioners are registered nurses first.

“We go on to obtain a master’s degree with more training such as diagnosing and treating illnesses,” said Sarah Davis, a certified nurse practitioner in acute care at Centegra Health System. “We treat patients in many types of settings such as ambulatory treatment centers, emergency rooms, immediate care and hospital settings.”

A nurse practitioner sets plans of care in motion that assure that patients are taken care of from the time that they step into the health system, to the time that they are discharged, Davis said.

“Acute care nurse practitioners like myself treat patients that have brief but severe illnesses,” Davis said. “I partner with physicians to provide high-quality care to our patients both inside the operating room and outside the operating room.”

James Ferguson, a certified nurse practitioner in internal medicine at Centegra, explained the role that nurse practitioners play in primary care.

“I get to play an active role with the patients in many different ways,” Ferguson said. “I get to help them manage their disease processes such as high cholesterol and diabetes, assist them with injuries such as back pain and ankle sprains and actively work with them to get better and, hopefully, progress and improve.”

Ferguson said he hopes that patients would choose a nurse practitioner for their health care needs because of their extensive knowledge of disease management.

“Not only that, we have the opportunity to get to know the patients and educate them to be the healthiest that they can possibly be,” he said.

Call 815-338-6600 to schedule an appointment.

Centegra Health System

4309 Medical Center Drive, McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-338-6600

centegra.org

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