Our Approach to Care
Family nurse practitioners at MaineHealth evaluate, diagnose and treat patients, from babies to the elderly. They may be your primary care provider.
Family Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with specialized training to deliver care that is focused on the family. They diagnose illnesses, preform exams and even prescribe medicine. In addition to working in primary care practices alongside family docs, they also may work in specialty areas, such as cancer care, heart care or pain management.
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional, specialized training that lets them take on greater responsibilities in patient care. A nurse practitioner may prescribe medicines, examine patients and offer diagnoses, similar to a doctor.