Ask An Expert About Nurse Practitioners

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disease prevention and the promotion of health wellness.

Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree and receive additional medical training beyond their initial training as a registered nurse.

Many NPs are nationally certified. NPs have been delivering high quality health care for over 40 years and function as both primary care and specialty care providers. They work both independently and collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers.

NPs are caring health care providers who spend the time to listen to you and to take into account your perceptions and personal goals regarding your health. NPs focus on giving accurate, understandable health information and personal counseling to enable you to make educated decisions about your health and lifestyle choices.

As an OB-GYN NP, I can be your regular health care provider. My goal is to build a relationship based on open communication and mutual respect that will enable my patients to achieve the best health possible.

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