Nurse practitioners (NPs) are board certified registered nurses who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings and are certified to diagnose and treat illnesses. Research has shown that they provide care comparable in quality to that provided by Primary Care Physicians*. NP capabilities include health promotion, patient evaluation, treatment, diagnosis, education, counseling, case management, and coordination of care.
CCCs are usually staffed by NPs, who have proven through their 40-year history to provide high quality, patient centered, compassionate care. Sometimes CCCs are staffed by other types of advanced practice nurses. All CCC clinicians have advanced education in primary care, and providing quality health care for common episodic ailments including cold/flu, rashes/skin irritation, and muscle strains or sprains. CCC clinicians also provide immunizations, physicals, and preventive health screenings.
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