Treat patients with troubles related to their digestive system.
What does a Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner do?
Nurse Practitioners are an ever-growing group of medical professionals who meet the needs of patients. Most Nurse Practitioners perform the same duties as Physicians, although the ability to perform extensive testing or write prescriptions is limited in some countries. The title of Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner goes to those highly trained Nurses Practitioners who specialize in treating patients with gastrointestinal issues.
Being a Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner offers you the opportunity to use your compassion and medical knowledge to help patients who suffer from a variety of stomach issues. You might work in a clinic, a hospital, or another facility that offers care for ulcers and acid reflux. More serious conditions might include internal bleeding or cancer.
Your duties as a Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner are similar to those of the Gastroenterology Physician. You treat patients by first listening to what they have to say. Of course, that’s easy for you because being a Nurse means you to want to help in every way.
Then your medical knowledge kicks in. It helps you determine which tests to run, what questions to ask, and when a higher level of care is required.
Sometimes, the treatment plan requires prescribing medication; other times, you speak with a Surgeon about more invasive measures. Regardless of the treatment, you keep the patient informed at all times, and keep careful notes in the patient’s medical record. If you think you can stomach treating and curing patients with abdominal issues, then this is the job for you.