Welcome to the official site of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners (AONP). Our mission is to advance, support, and promote the high standards of health care delivered by nurse practitioners. We are dedicated to improving patient access to quality health care.
As a statewide professional association, we focus on the common needs of our members. We recognize the professional and political concerns facing nurse practitioners. AONP has always played a major role in facilitating and supporting changes in legislation that advance the role of the nurse practitioner. AONP believes that by providing better networking among our members, we will be better able to promote high standards of health care and thereby enhance the identity and continuity of nurse practitioners in our state.
A Nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who is prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide a wide range of preventive and health care services to individuals of all ages. NPs complete graduate-level education preparation that leads to a master's and/or doctoral degree. NPs provide physical examinations, diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic problems, interpret laboratory results and X-rays, prescribe and manage medications and other therapies, provide training and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance, and refer patients to other health professionals as needed.
These informative videos explain the value of receiving health care from a nurse practitioner.
Question (April 2016): I am working in an ortho practice. Am I able to round on patients who have been hospitalized after surgery? Our patients are admitted to a regular nursing floor or the ICU. If in the ICU, they are managed by intensivists for non-orthopedic care issues.
Answer: That depends on hospital policy. Hospitals make a decision whether to allow NPs floor privileges or not. That is determined by their own board and will be a part of hospital policy.
Question (February 2016): Can Nurse Practitioners in Oklahoma have a medical assistant give injections under them?
Answer: No they can not.
Question (February 2016): If a physician has 2 full-time NPs that he supervises, could he still supervise who only works PRN and does not work full time or have set hours and only fills in on an as needed ?
Answer: Physicians only supervise
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