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Published on September 10, 2019

A Guide to Care Providers

You don’t feel well. Your child has had a cough for days, or you have a new ache or pain.

You finally decide to make an appointment with your doctor’s office, and the receptionist can squeeze you in. The fastest way to be seen may be to go to a nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) instead of a physician.

Wayne UNC Health Care, like health systems around the country, is facing a physician shortage as more Americans obtain health insurance and Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement age. Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), including NPs and PAs, are specially trained to meet patient demand and provide the high-quality care you and your family deserve.

APPs are clinical providers who are not physicians, but they have undergone specialized education, training, certification and licensure to provide health care services with varying degrees of independence.

Some APPs you may see in our community include:

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs)
  • Physician Assistants (PAs)

APPs are qualified to provide many of the same services physicians do. They take patient histories, conduct physical exams, order lab work, x-rays and other tests, perform health screenings and often can perform certain procedures and prescribe medications.

Our patients benefit from having both a physician and APP work together on their care.

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