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What is a Nurse Practitioner/Physicians Assistant?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical education and experience. Nationally certified NPs hold a master's degree or higher. Nurse practitioners practice under the regulation of the Nurse Practice Act and are licensed by the State Education Department in New York State. Nurse practitioners are authorized to diagnose, treat and prescribe in collaboration with a licensed physician.

The pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) at PUA are very special health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's UROLOGIC health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care, and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over thirty years.

NPs focus on the whole person, not just the immediate ailment. NPs provide patient-centered care and are specifically educated to teach and support individuals and families in their health care needs.

Studies have shown that NPs are effective in both cost and quality of care. Alongside physicians, they perform patient diagnosis, management of specific diseases and assist in patient outcomes.

Why do we choose to have nurse practitioners/physicians assistants provide care?

Our nurse practitioners came to Pediatric Urology Associates with extensive experience in pediatrics. They were each then trained in the medical conditions of the urinary tract.

  • They offer personalized health care services.
  • They teach you how to maintain your health and manage your illness.
  • They are nursing specialists and bring their nursing experience and education to the care of each patient.
  • They offer affordable health care services.

Where do nurse practitioners/physicians assistants practice?

  • Schools/colleges
  • Home health care agencies (nursing homes, hospice hospitals, hospital clinics, public health departments, Veterans' Administration facilities)
  • Private office practices
  • Ambulatory care centers, health maintenance organizations
  • Business and industry employers, health schools of nursing
  • Occupational health

What do pediatric urology nurse practitioners do?

PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Many parents choose a PNP as their child's health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care. Pediatric Urology Associates’ PNPs offer a variety of services under the supervision of your pediatric urologist, including:

  • Performs urologic examinations
  • Diagnoses and treats acute urologic health problems
  • Orders, performs and interprets diagnostic studies and lab work
  • Performs urodynamic studies and evaluations
  • Diagnoses, evaluates and treats voiding dysfunction and incontinence
  • Prescribes medications and teaches patients how to take them properly
  • Treats and monitors chronic urinary illnesses
  • Teaches self-care skills: Kegel exercises, medications, catheter care, intermittent catheterization, nutrition, incontinence, biofeedback, impotence
  • Promotes patient health and wellness through education and instruction
  • Listens to patient and family needs and concerns
  • Provides preventive care and well checkups and screenings, such as PSA
  • Collaborates with physicians and other health professionals and refers to them when needed
  • Provides ongoing education and understanding of procedures, testing, results and subsequent treatments available to meet the needs of patients and staff