Management Of Patient Health / Illness Status

879 WordsMar 20, 20164 Pages
Management of patient health / illness status With the growing complexity of health care and decreasing availability of primary care physicians, many patients are seeing family nurse practitioners for their primary care needs. Nurse practitioners help patients manage acute and chronic illnesses. They conduct physical exams and perform diagnostic tests and procedures. Nurse practitioners in the family practice specialty diagnose and treat patients from childhood to adulthood. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Competencies include: Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment. 1. Assessment of health status: The family nurse practitioner (FNP) utilizes evidence based clinical practice guidelines to conduct screening activities, identifies health promotion needs, and provides anticipatory guidance and counseling. This outcome was attained throughout the program of study, and incorporated during the “common” health problems found in different clinical rotations. I was able to participate in different conferences at a local children’s hospital, as well as discuss with my preceptor and other colleagues on topics of health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management. Additional accomplishment of this outcome is evidenced in my daily patient care. I provide holistic care to the patient, family, and community. 2. Diagnosis of health status: The FNP is engaged in the diagnosis of health status. This diagnostic process
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