Pediatric FAQs

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Questions Regarding Medical Providers

  • What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
    A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has additional education and training. Nurse practitioners have a master’s degree and are board certified. Pediatric and family nurse practitioners can provide regular health care for your children. NP’s will perform physical exams, plan care, perform tests and procedures, order labs and imaging, treat illnesses and write prescriptions.

  • What is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)?
    A family nurse practitioner (FNP) provides comprehensive primary health care to individuals from infancy to adulthood. FNP are a specialty of the nurse practitioner group. Other specialties can include acute care NP’s or pediatric NP’s to name a few.

  • What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?
    A doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a nurse practitioner who has graduated from a doctoral program at a university. The DNP curriculum concentrates on direct care, specifically research utilization, improved delivery of care, patient outcomes and clinical systems management.

  • What is a Doctor of Medicine (MD)?
    A medical doctor is another term for a physician or surgeon. All MD’s must completed an undergraduate degree, medical school, residency and sometimes a fellowship. After completing school a physician must obtain a license to practice and complete a series of exams. According to MedlinePlus, “the practice of medicine includes the diagnosis, treatment, correction, advisement, or prescription for any human disease, ailment, injury, infirmity, deformity, pain, or other condition, physical or mental, real or imaginary.”

  • What is a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)?
    According to the American Osteopathic Association, “Both DO’s and MD’s are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery. Students complete a bachelor’s degree, medical school, internships and residencies and pass comparable examinations to obtain licensure. Osteopathic medicine is a parallel branch and can add an extra dimension to health care. DO’s focus on preventative, “whole person” care and incorporated osteopathic manipulative treatment.”