April 21, Staff Writers. All nurse practitioners NP specialize in a particular area of medicine. Nurse practitioners make their specialization decision before applying to NP school, which is a critical difference between a physician assistant and an NP; physician assistants graduate with a general medical degree while NPs typically focus on a particular population. This article discusses the somewhat confusing world of NP specialties, and it clarifies terms including population foci and subspecialization. Understanding these terms will help prospective students choose the right NP school.
The purpose of this position statement is to provide guidance to nurses with regard to carrying out orders from Physician Assistants PAs. The Nursing Practice Act NPA includes the "administration of medications or treatments ordered by a physician, podiatrist or dentist" as part of the practice of nursing. Although PAs are not included in the NPA, the Board recognizes that nurses work collaboratively with PAs to provide patient care in various practice settings. A nurse may carry out these orders. Position statement Licensed vocational nurses LVNs do not have the authority to legally determine death, diagnose death, or otherwise pronounce death in the State of Texas.
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Unlicensed assistive personnel UAP are paraprofessionals who assist individuals with physical disabilities , mental impairments, and other health care needs with their activities of daily living ADLs. UAPs also provide bedside care—including basic nursing procedures—all under the supervision of a registered nurse , licensed practical nurse or other health care professional. UAPs must demonstrate their ability and competence before gaining any expanded responsibilities in a clinical setting. While providing this care, UAPs offer compassion and patience and are part of the patient's healthcare support system.