What is a Nurse Practitioner

Many people are unaware of what a new practitioner is and what they can do so here is a little bit of information…

The Iowa Family Nurse Practitioner is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing theory, research and clinical practice.  They have obtained national certification in family practice and are licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioners are primary health care providers who focus on health promotion and prevention.  Their holistic approach distinguishes them as quality, cost effective health care providers for individuals, families, communities and special populations of people in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Family Nurse Practitioners services include; comprehensive history and physical exams, well-child visits, immunizations, family planning, prenatal care, preventive screening, and diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health care concerns.  Family Nurse Practitioners manage patient care by ordering lab test, x-rays, prescribing medication, teaching, counseling and working collaboratively with other health care professionals.

Family Nurse Practitioners are concerned with keeping the patient healthy, spending quality time in assessing needs and concerns for both the client and their family, respecting diverse cultural beliefs and values, and providing information that allows for an educated decision in one’s health care management plan to promote health and wellness. 

Health care services provided by a Family Nurse Practioner are generally covered by all payers.

Family Nurse Practitioners in Iowa may work in a collaborative practice with another health care provider or may work independently with other Nurse Practitioners.

Adair County Health System has three Nurse Practitioners practicing in the Adair County Medical Clinics.  In Fontanelle, Kathleen Nelson, ARNP.  Greenfield hosts Marvel Blazek, ARNP.  New to the Stuart area is Mary Jo Ytzen, ARNP.  To schedule an appointment with either please call 641-743-6189.

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