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What is an Advanced Practice Provider?

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are a group of medical professionals that include physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. At Memorial Hermann Medical Group, APPs are regarded as part of the healthcare team and are committed to putting patients first. APPs are highly knowledgeable and serve as an integral part of the development and implementation of our patients’ personalized treatment plans.

 

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (PA) is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. PAs are educated on the medical model with an emphasis on primary care. All PAs rotate through the major specialties and complete a vast number of clinical rotations while in training. PAs are licensed to practice in all areas of medicine and even in surgery.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurses?

An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a registered nurse with additional advanced clinical education and specialty expertise. The term includes a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist. APRNs have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program with expansive clinical hour rotations and are board certified. APRNs are prepared to practice in an expanded role to provide health care in a variety of settings. They act independently and/or in collaboration with other medical professionals in the delivery of healthcare services. Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists may be certified in a broad variety of specialties including: family practice, acute care (adult/pediatric), women’s health, neonatal, pediatrics, gerontology and psychiatry.

In MHMG patient-care settings, PAs and APRNs are licensed to:

  • Diagnose, evaluate, develop and implement treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions through completion of health histories, procedures and physical exams
  • Coordinate care and consult other members of the healthcare team
  • Reassess and revise a patient’s plan of care
  • Order and interpret lab tests, radiological testing and other diagnostic services
  • Prescribe medication within guidelines of the law
  • Perform minor in-office procedures and assist in surgery
  • Counsel and educate on preventive medicine, health maintenance, illness management, medications and therapies