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Redmond Medical Clinic is made up of multiple Family Nurse Practitioners specializing in Family Practice.

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

According to the International Council of Nurses, a Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills and clinical competences for expanded practice beyond that of an R N.

A Family Nurse Practitioner treats the full life spectrum of the individual from infants to the geriatric population. Nurse Practitioners provide holistic services to their patients by directing care to all areas of an individual’s life. Although Nurse Practitioners emphasize health promotion and maintenance, they also diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses. Treatment of disease is only one component on a continuum of care. Nurse Practitioners blend life processes, incorporating all aspects of a person’s life, which is unique to nursing care. Nurse Practitioners emphasis on the total person extends the boundaries of nursing practice beyond the limits of traditional medicine.

Nurse Practitioners are required to be nationally board certified in the field in which they are licensed. In Oregon, Nurse Practitioners can serve as a patient’s primary care provider and can practice independently of a physician. However, often the relationship is one of collaboration as each brings a uniqueness to patient care. The physician and nurse practitioner work interdependently with each other to provide the patient with optimum care for the best outcomes.