Home health nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who serve as primary health care providers for patients requiring health care in the home setting. They diagnose and treat a wide array of illnesses, disabilities and injuries. Home health nurse practitioners have multiple roles including patient education, coordination of services and referrals to community resources for the homebound.
Home health nurse practitioners are registered nurses who obtain specialized course work at the masters or doctoral degree level. It is proposed that the minimal educational requirement for nurse practitioners be increased to the Doctorate of Nursing level of preparation by 2015. That would require additional rulings by individual state governments.
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