Choosing Your Primary Care Provider: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners


Choosing Your Primary Care Provider: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

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When people consider who to choose for their primary care provider, they have to consider many things. Does this person have the proper certifications? Are they experienced with children, or with a particular health condition that I have? Are they near me? Will they be able to prescribe my medication? Will my insurance cover them?

One of the options that are available to Lynnwood patients are our many skillful Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).

An ARNP is a person that has completed the advanced didactic and clinical education beyond that required for the generalist registered nurse (RN) role. These advanced nurse practitioners have acquired the knowledge-base and skills beyond that of a normal RN, with clinical competencies determined by the additional areas in which he or she has been credentialed to practice. These practitioners make an excellent choice for a primary care provider.

Here are some answers to the commonly asked questions regarding advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Can an ARNP be my primary care physician?

Most insurance policies will accept an ARNP as your primary care provider. You will have to contact your insurance company to make sure that this is the case under your personal policy, and also to verify that the ARNP you are interested in seeing is covered within your healthcare network. Be sure that you have their information before you call—for example: Joshua Webb, ARNP at the Lynnwood Lake Serene Clinic, address 3501 Shelby Road, Suite B Lynnwood, WA.

What services can an ARNP render?

An ARNP will be able to medically diagnose, evaluate and manage treatment of many chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as handle any viral, bacterial, wound care, or other basic medical conditions. Examples of chronic conditions that they are able to treat include hypertension, diabetes, asthma, obesity, osteoarthritis, thyroid disorders, and smoking cessation. They are also able to perform physical examinations.

ANRPs may also provide care for patients under acute or critical care settings. They are able to perform or assist in minor surgeries and other procedures (if they have had this additional training). Examples include dermatological biopsies, suturing small wounds, and casting broken bones.

Can an ARNP order labs and therapies?

Yes, an ARNP is able to order and even perform diagnostic studies, such as labs, x-rays, and EKGs. They are also able to advise on basic physical therapy, or may refer you to a physical or occupational therapist or other rehabilitation treatments if necessary. They also have access to obtaining patient history and other medical records.

Can an ARNP write prescriptions?

ARNPs are able to prescribe medications for most health conditions, including those that are acute and chronic. They will also be able to coordinate patient care with mental health practitioners on treatment options.

Is an ARNP qualified for family care?

An ARNP will be well-versed in well-child care services, including routine and diagnostic screenings and immunizations. They will also be able to provide prenatal care and family planning services for mothers and expectant parents. ARNPs can provide primary and specialty care services that are within the scope of their additional credentials, including health-maintenance care for adults, infants, and growing children.

If you are in need of a new family primary care provider, consider joining our clinic. Our hand picked healthcare professionals are caring, considerate, and eager to join your families’ efforts to stay healthy and well. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today.