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January 18, 2022, ,

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

When you walk into RIA Endovascular, not only will you be greeted by the friendly front desk staff, but maybe one of our advanced practice providers will also be a welcoming addition to your time with us.

When you make an appointment, you will most likely be consulted by one of our five advanced practice providers. These providers are nurse practitioners.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a health care professional who works directly alongside a doctor and offers a wide range of acute, primary, and specialty care services.

Here at RIA Endovascular we value our NPs. There are multiple responsibilities they have to ensure the delivery of quality patient care. The majority of new patient consults are performed by one of our nurse practitioners. This includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and compression fractures in your back. They have a wide range of knowledge and are able to create the best treatment plan for our patients.

Not only do you see them for your first visit, but the NP’s are also responsible for following your care throughout your course of treatment. They order additional imaging and tests as needed, and will contact you to discuss results and next steps. The goal is for the patient to feel comforted by knowing the nurse practitioner is there to answer questions and provide quality care.

If you need to see a different specialist while seeing us, our nurse practitioners will also assist in getting you a referral. They will collaborate with the other specialists to ensure you are getting the best care from both teams.

The bottom line is that when you see one of our nurse practitioners at RIA Endovascular, you can trust that you will be receiving the best care possible.

(photo: from left to right Diane Christensen, NP, Heather Luckenbaugh, NP, Patricia Petrosky, NP, Amanda Small, NP, Nicole Trouchon, NP)