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Nurse Practitioners

The Orthopaedic Group, P.C., utilizes certified nurse practitioners (CRNPs) who practice as part of the medical team in all areas of orthopaedics.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced training and education. In addition to the degree needed to become a registered nurse, NPs also get master’s or doctoral degrees. They are licensed clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease.

What does a Nurse Practitioner do?

They care for patients suffering from a range of musculoskeletal conditions affecting bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. 

What is a nurse practitioner’s scope of practice?

Daily duties of an orthopaedic nurse practitioner may include conducting physical exams, taking detailed patient histories, prescribing tests and treatments, and then analyzing the results. By working closely with physicians and nursing staff, orthopaedic nurse practitioners coordinate patients’ care from the time of injury to discharge.

Like a doctor, a nurse practitioner can diagnose and treat acute conditions, order diagnostic tests like X-rays or lab work, manage a patient’s overall care, serve as a primary care provider and write prescriptions. They can also be board-certified in specialties like orthopaedics.

When might I see a CRNP at The Orthopaedic Group, P.C.?

At the time of:

  • Initial visit
  • Follow-Up Care
  • Preoperative Visit
  • Cast Room Visit

You may see the doctor and his or her CRNP at the same visit. However, if you do not see the doctor, please know that the nurse practitioner discusses and reviews your case with his or her supervising doctor.

Will my insurance pay for me to see a CRNP?

It is customary for insurance to cover services rendered by nurse practioners.

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