Nurse Practitioners

Nursing and Health Care Practice

Our History

Glenda Clemens, ARNP, established Affordable Quality Care in October 2003. She recognized the need to provide a clinic where the underinsured in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, could receive quality healthcare at an affordable cost. After realizing how strong the demand was in the area, Affordable Quality Care began accepting Medicaid.

Since then, we have become one of the largest Medicaid providers in the state. Our office location has changed twice in the time since we first opened to be able to serve our ever-growing patient population better.

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About Nurse Practitioners

We don't just treat illnesses. We treat people.

 

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They offer some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patient's regular health care provider.

Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients' conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities.

 

This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs. In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research and are often active in patient advocacy activities.

Nurse Practitioner's Duties

  • Collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed, including providing referrals
  • Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors, self-care skills, and treatment options
  • Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections, and injuries
  • Diagnosing, treating, and monitoring chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure)
  • Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations
  • Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic studies (e.g., lab tests, x-rays, EKGs)
  • Prescribing medications
  • Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
  • Providing prenatal care and family planning services
  • Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
  • Providing health maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals

High-Quality

Nurse practitioners provide high-quality, cost-effective individualized care that is comparable to the health care provided by physicians, and NP services are often covered by insurance providers. NPS practice in all states.

The institutions in which they work include the following:

  • Community clinics and health centers
  • Health departments
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Home health care agencies
  • Hospitals and hospital clinics
  • Hospice centers
  • Nurse practitioner offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Nursing schools
  • Physician offices
  • Private offices
  • Public health departments
  • School/college clinics
  • Veterans administration facilities
  • Walk-in clinics
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