Kimberly Jackson is a nationally board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She received her undergraduate degree at New York University in New York City and her Graduate degree at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Her experience ranges from working in community clinics, private practice, and multiple hospitals including St Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has also completed a Master’s degree or Doctorate and specialty training in a specific area such as family practice, pediatrics, or midwifery. In addition to educational requirements, Nurse Practitioners are required to pass national board certifications in their areas of specialty.

Although Physicians have additional training to help patients deal with complex medical problems, Nurse Practitioners may spend more actual face-time with their patients. Experts who study NP practice report that their training emphasizes disease prevention, reduction of health risks, and thorough patient education. Like Physicians, NPs are involved in more than just direct patient care. Many participate in education, research, and legislative activities to improve the quality of health care in the United States.

Family practice NPs often provide a range of health care to all age groups for immediate (acute) and chronic (long-term) health needs including:

Treating common childhood and adult illnesses
Writing prescriptions for treatment of health diagnoses
Performing routine tests and procedures
Ordering medical and laboratory tests
Developing health histories
Answering questions and providing education about health issues
Referring to and consulting with other health care professionals, including physicians, for development of health care plans
Changing the plan of care as needed
Educating families about the effects of illness on a child’s growth and development
Teaching children and adults about self-care and healthy lifestyle choices
Teaching other local groups about health care

Joseph DiMaria MD, MBA, Pharm. D. – Utica NY – Collaborating Physcian



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