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What Is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner provides high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care services. The nursing model emphasizes health promotion and mutual decision-making with the person seeking care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education and advanced clinical training.

Nurse practitioners listen to you and help you make important health care decisions and lifestyle changes. Nurse practitioners may diagnose and treat your medical condition but they also focus on disease prevention and health education. Women's Care and Family Wellness Nurse Practitioners look at the whole person, not just a body part or disease process. Looking at the whole woman means: looking at how she sees herself, the multiple roles she must play, what she thinks and how she feels.

Nurse Practitioners practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed. Nurse Practitioners may form collaborative arrangements with physicians. In Montana, Nurse Practitioners may also practice independently and prescribe medications. Nurse Practitioners may also order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests such as labwork and X-rays. Nurse Practitioners will help you coordinate the care that you receive from many specialties.

Nurse Practitioners at the Missoula Women's Care and Family Wellness clinic consult with many physicians and providers from Providence Medical Group. In addition, they consult with complementary and holistic healthcare providers in your community.