The mission of a Nurse Managed Health Center (NMHC) is focused on quality patient-centered care. The NMHC care model promotes wellness and improves patient outcomes through management of chronic conditions (such as asthma, hypertension and diabetes) and disease prevention, Hansen-Turton, et. al. (2010). What makes a nurse managed center different from a typical outpatient office is that the NMHC is led by board certified advanced practice nurses, often nurse practitioners.
National board certification in their specialty area is required of nurse practitioners before they are licensed to practice in a state. The certifying organizations are the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (RN) who have completed a masters’ degree in nursing that includes advanced classes in physical assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, disease and wellness states, and community nursing. Nurse Practitioners have completed hundreds of physician or nurse practitioner supervised clinical hours that are mandated by the state board of nursing to obtain licensure. As a result of this education and training, nurse practitioners can perform any service authorized by an individual state's practice act.
Nurse Practitioners have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage a variety of disease states, perform procedures, write prescriptions for medications and physical therapy, order and evaluate diagnostic imaging or blood tests, and provide counseling. They can also make referrals to specialists when the need arises.
Hansen-Turton T., Bailey D.N., Torres N., & Ritter A. (2010). Nurse-managed health centers: Key to a healthy future. American Journal of Nursing, 110(9), 23-26.
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