Why would I want to see a Nurse Practitioner for my health care?
- Nurse Practitioners have been shown to provide safe, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services equal to family physicians.
- Nurse Practitioners place a significant focus on teaching patients about their health conditions and treatment recommendations.
- Nurse Practitioners listen to patients and strive to understand how their health problems are affecting them.
- Patients of Nurse Practitioners report very high satisfaction with the care they receive.
- Nurse Practitioners can improve access to health care.
- At the present time, there are hundreds of thousands of Albertans without a health care provider.
- In hospitals, Nurse Practitioners work with specialists and provide additional care to enhance recovery and a return to health. They ensure that all of the patient’s medical and nursing needs are being met while in hospital, and can ensure adequate care will be in place after discharge. They are also known for their ability to communicate, teach and counsel patients and families in these settings.
- People who see Nurse Practitioners for their health care often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.
Do I need a family doctor, too?
What can Nurse Practitioners do?
Where do Nurse Practitioners work?
Where can I find a Nurse Practitioner?
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*This is not an exhaustive list of references for these claims.