A nurse practitioner, or NP, is a provider with advanced clinical training who provides patient-centered care. In an ENT setting, they diagnose and treat conditions like ear infections, allergies, sleep apnea and sinusitis. Outside of the ENT setting, they may serve as primary care providers.
During your visit with a nurse practitioner, they may
- Take a medical history and discuss your current symptoms.
- Examine your ears, nose, throat, head or neck.
- Perform diagnostic tests.
- Prescribe medication and other elements of your treatment plan.
- Share ways you can care for your condition at home.
What Are the Differences Between a Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor?
Along with advanced clinical training, nurse practitioners are required to complete a master’s or doctoral degree program. In total, the process of becoming a nurse practitioner typically takes between six to eight years.
Nurse practitioners provide care using the nursing model, which focuses not only treating symptoms but also identifying other influences on health and providing recommendations for a healthier lifestyle. Often, NPs specialize in a patient population instead of a particular type of medicine.
Another difference between nurse practitioners and physicians is that doctors can independently prescribe medication to patients, whereas in some states NPs must be overseen by a doctor to do so.
If you’re experiencing uncomfortable ENT symptoms, one of our nurse practitioners can help. They’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan so your symptoms don’t sidetrack you from doing what matters most to you.
Call Greenwood Ear Nose & Throat at (864) 227-6741 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Call Greenwood Ear Nose & Throat at (864) 227-0444 for more information or to schedule an appointment.