Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
In addition to our physicians, PENTA has nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) who work collaboratively with the physicians and other healthcare professionals. Our nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced academic and clinical education in pediatric healthcare, pharmacology, child development and family dynamics.
Our physician assistants are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. All of our PAs are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and state-licensed. PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel patients and families on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications.
Both our nurse practitioners and physician assistants have received additional training in pediatric otolaryngology. They attend pediatric oriented educational conferences and remain current with research/literature pertinent to pediatric otolaryngology.
In addition, they are educated and trained to perform the following:
- A detailed history and physical examination on children who will be having surgery, also referred to as a pre-operative visit). Preparing children and the family for surgery is vital to the success of the surgery.
- Schedule follow-up visits, with physician consultation as needed. A pre-operative visit or follow-up visit may only be with the NP/PA.
- Schedule same day appointments for patient with problems that need to be seen that day. The NP/PA is able to manage and evaluate problems in collaboration with the physician.
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