Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Examine, diagnose, and treat newborn infants.
A catch-all field that deals with diseases in adults, internal medicine works to treat and prevent a range of illnesses. Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioners assist Physicians with the treatment process from the initial diagnosis to prescribing medications. Clinics and hospitals are common places of employment for Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioners.
The number of complex systems powering the human body makes it difficult to pinpoint certain medical conditions. Chest pain could signal heart problems or simply heartburn. As an Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner, you have the ability to order lab work, evaluate test results, and choose the best course of treatment.
At a clinic, you spend your workdays in an examination room talking with patients, or in your office reviewing medical charts and patient paperwork. In a hospital or other emergency setting, you perform many of the same duties as a Registered Nurse.
In addition to diagnosing the patient, you may check blood pressure, administer medication by mouth or IV, and help disabled patients to the restroom. In some cases, you may refer the patient to a specialist for chronic or specific conditions, like heart disease. Typically, however, you educate the patient on her condition and what lifestyle changes will improve it. By considering all the possibilities, you can zero in on conditions other Doctors may have missed.