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In this section, you’ll find a list of commonly asked questions and our responses. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re always happy to assist you in any way we can.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

If you wonder whether you should see a Nurse Practitioner instead of a Doctor, you’re not alone. Many people do not understand the differences between these titles. You may be surprised to find out they are more alike than you think. A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced training and education – in addition to receiving the degree necessary to become a registered nurse, NPs must also obtain master’s or doctoral degrees and undergo advanced clinical training. They can obtain board-certification in specialties like family practice, adult health, pediatric health, dermatology, oncology, cardiology and more. Nurse Practitioners are typically equally skilled and knowledgeable compared to a doctor in their field of expertise.

Like a doctor, NP’s can diagnose and treat acute conditions, perform certain procedures, and order diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, lab work or screenings. They can provide preventive care services such as physicals or Annual Wellness Visits, prescribe medications, manage a patient’s overall care, and serve as a patient’s Primary Care Provider. Nurse Practitioners possess clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions, and they emphasize disease prevention and health management to promote the patient’s whole health and well-being. The icing on the cake? You can often get an appointment to see an NP quicker than getting an appointment to see a doctor.

At Spectrum, we have 4 incredible Nurse Practitioners available to serve your unique healthcare needs: Judith Bergman, Kate Schaub, Ethan Nguyen and Ari Kravitz. You can learn more about each of these outstanding providers here: https://smcazstage.wpengine.com/about/providers-hiv-specialists/ Call us at (602) 604-9500 to schedule your appointment today!

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