Center for Advanced Practice | Types of APPs
APP Provider Types
Advanced Practice Providers are a group of highly trained medical professionals that include physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. They provide care for patients in all clinical settings, including office practice locations, urgent care, hospital units/ emergency rooms and the operating room.
Our nurse practitioners (NP) provide patients with comprehensive healthcare including diagnosis, treatment, prevention and health management, with a strong emphasis on caring for the whole person's well-being and needs. Our NPs are highly qualified, having completed rigorous clinical training, peer reviews, clinical outcome evaluations and a national NP certification. Our NPs hold master's and/or doctoral degrees and continue their self-directed education by actively participating in research and clinical trials.
Christ Hospital NPs provide a full range of health services including:
Ordering diagnostic tests, labs and first assist in the OR
Diagnosing acute and chronic health conditions
Prescribing treatment and medications
Counseling and educating patients on proactive wellness choices and treatment options
Taking medical histories and performing medical exams
Physician Assistants (PAs) work with our physicians, enhancing our team's abilities to see our patients quickly and efficiently. Each PA has a unique set of responsibilities based on their office location, specialty, and level of expertise. Our PAs complete three years of graduate level medical education, more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). To maintain PA status, The Christ Hospital PAs complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and a recertification exam every ten years.
PAs provide health services including:
Taking medical history and performing physical examinations
Developing patient treatment plans
Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and lab work
First Assisting in the OR.
Diagnosing health conditions and writing prescriptions for treatment
Clinical Nurse Specialists
The Christ Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) practice in a variety of health care settings including the hospital, emergency room and private practice. Our CNSs are advanced practice nurses with master's and/or doctoral degrees with expertise in a specific specialty, type of health condition, setting and type of care. Our team of CNSs has a passion for working within and advancing their specialty, giving our patients one-of-a-kind innovative care.
Our CNS's provides numerous healthcare services including:
Managing ongoing treatments and complex care
Diagnosing and treating acute, chronic and complex health conditions
Designing and implementing healthcare interventions and evaluating healthcare outcomes
Certified Nurse Midwives
The Christ Hospital's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are licensed healthcare practitioners with education in both nursing and midwifery. Our CNMs provide mothers with full-circle care beginning with preconception preparation through post-birth healthcare, including physical, emotional and spiritual support.
They offer comprehensive pregnancy care including:
Ongoing support throughout entire pregnancy
Supporting new mothers and their partners during and post-labor
Management of uncomplicated deliveries
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
The Christ Hospital's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) provide expert anesthesia care for our patients undergoing various types of surgical procedures. CRNAs administer anesthesia in all clinical settings, including the hospital and ambulatory surgical centers.
State Practice Rules and Regulations
APPs at The Christ Hospital are committed to keeping up to date on the latest state regulations that govern our practice, which allows us to provide the highest quality patient care at our full scope of practice.