Nurse Practitioner Dale Ann Dorsey discusses the role of a nurse practitioner and explains if insurance companies cover this care.
Dale Ann Dorsey:
A nurse practitioner started out as a registered nurse and went on to receive additional and advanced training. We are graduate-level nurses and we deal with primary health.
We can do many of the things that your primary care physician can do for you. We are able to evaluate. We can diagnose illnesses.
We can prescribe medications and ultrasounds, X-rays, other diagnostics and we refer to specialty providers when that’s necessary.
One way that you can tell that I am a nurse practitioner is that I have W.H.N.P. after my name – that means Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
And a nurse practitioner will have N.P. in their initials and there are many different specialties that N.P.s are a part of whether it’s family health or adult care or pediatrics.
Your healthcare with a nurse practitioner is covered by many insurance companies.
About Dale Ann Dorsey:
Dale Ann Dorsey, M.S.N., W.H.N.P., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU and worked in maternal/child health as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and clinical nursing instructor. She completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner training at Harbor/University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Science in Nursing at California State University, Long Beach. Before entering private practice, she worked at 2 valley OB/GYN offices and the ASU Student Health Center. She is also an Associate Faculty at ASU College of Nursing. She believes in providing patient care with a holistic perspective, incorporating mind-body-spirit and brings over 20 years experience to her practice.