What is an Advanced Practice Provider?

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An advanced practice provider (APP) is a medical professional who works with your doctor as part of your healthcare team. An APP is a graduate of an accredited program and is nationally-certified and state-licensed. APPs have advanced education and clinical competency to provide medical care.

At Ochsner, APPs include physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CNRAs).

APPs are licensed to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. They perform many activities related to your care, depending on their education and training, including:

• conducting physical examinations

• prescribing medication

• diagnosing and treating illnesses

• ordering and interpreting lab tests

• performing procedures

• assisting in surgery

• making rounds in the hospital

• providing patient education and counseling

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APPs provide high quality, safe and effective care that is coordinated and managed by your entire care team, including your physician. An APP may be a member of your primary care team and serve as your primary contact with the team on a day to day basis.

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