Clay Caldwell, FNP, Patricia Ingram, FNP
Natalie Carter, FNP, Jennifer Minchey, FNP, Lance Popham, NP
Nurse practitioners focus on patients' conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs. In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research and are often active in patient advocacy activities.
Garrett Smith, PA-C
A Physician Assistant is concerned with preventing, maintaining, and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services that were traditionally performed by a physician. Physician Assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, give medical orders and write prescriptions.Physician assistants work in hospitals, clinics, and other types of health facilities, and exercise autonomy in medical decision making as determined by their supervising physician. A clinical internship precedes obtaining a license to practice as a Physician Assistant. They are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training, rather than in the nursing model as nurse practitioners are.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services.They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care.