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practice pattern

A preferred or standard method of care, esp. one about which authorities, experts, or experienced practitioners generally agree. SYN: preferred practice pattern.

practice restriction

A formal limitation placed on a health care practitioner’s scope of practice.

practice variation

A euphemism for a deviation from normal standards of care.


(prak-tish′ĭ-nĕr) One who has met the professional and legal requirements necessary to provide a health care service, such as a nurse, dentist, dental hygientist, or physical therapist.

acute care nurse p. An advanced-practice nurse who is credentialed to manage the care of select patient groups that have acute and specialized health care needs. Acute care nurse practitioners practice in hospitals and in community care settings.

adult nurse p. ABBR: ANP. A nurse practitioner credentialed to care for people over 18 years of age.

advanced nurse p. An umbrella term for the following health care professionals: certified nurse-midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner.

emergency room p. A nurse certified in the area of urgent care, who possesses skills in triage and the knowledge to meet the emergent needs of clients.

family nurse p. ABBR: FNP. A nurse practitioner who has been educated and credentialed to care for people across the lifespan. Family nurse practitioners hold a graduate nursing degree. They practice autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage a patient’s health problems and needs. They teach and counsel individuals and families and serve as researchers, consultants, and patient advocates. SEE: adult nurse p.

geriatric nurse p. ABBR: GNP. An advanced practice registered nurse with a graduate specialty degree in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions commonly found among older adults and generally associated with aging. Generally GNPs are required to have specialty certification by a nationally recognized credentialing organization. The functions of the GNP are defined by individualized scope of practice and collaborative agreements with physicians and other health care providers based on state nurse practice acts and experience, education, knowledge, and abilities. SYN: gerontologic nurse practitioner.

gerontologic nurse p. Geriatric nurse p.

mid-level p. Mid-level provider.

nurse p. SEE: under nurse.

pediatric nurse p. A certified nurse who focuses on the common acute and chronic illnesses experienced by children and adolescents. The pediatric nurse practitioner integrates concepts of growth and development in assessing health care needs.

Practitioners’ Reporting Network, USP

ABBR: USP-PRN. Three separate programs designed to collect practitioners’ experience with unreliable drug products, defective medical devices, drug problems with radiopharmaceuticals, and ...

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