Physician Assistants & Advanced Practice Nurses
Working Together To Meet Your Needs
At Carle, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses work closely with your physician as equally valuable members of your healthcare team. Since the expectations of our patients continue to adapt with the times, we work jointly to provide easy-access, high-quality and affordable health care. Demands on a physician’s time in today’s healthcare environment can be stronger than ever, which is why a similarly-trained physician assistant or a thoroughly-qualified
advanced practice nurse can provide more one-on-one time and a familiar comfort level for the patient.
What are physician assistants and advanced practice nurses?
Physician assistants (PA) are healthcare providers who can examine, test, treat and prescribe medication for patients under the supervision of licensed physicians. They are graduates of an approved program affiliated with a medical school or school of allied health. Physician assistants are certified by their national professional organization and licensed in the state of Illinois.
Advanced practice nurses (APN) are registered nurses who have gained additional knowledge and skills through an organized master’s/doctoral program of study and clinical experience. The advanced practice nurse discipline builds on previous nursing knowledge and skills, with an emphasis on wellness, health promotion and illness prevention. Nurse practitioners are certified
by national professional organizations.
Through collaborative teamwork, what services do PAs and APNs offer?
At all times, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses work closely together, and in conjunction with your personal physician, to provide individualized treatment based on your healthcare needs. Depending on those needs, you may see either your physician only, your physician assistant only, your advanced practice nurse only, or a combination of your physician with either a PA or APN. Additionally, a physician is always available for consultation when needed.
As professional healthcare providers, PAs and APNs can:
- Diagnose and manage conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries
- Prescribe tests, medications and other treatments
- Manage a patient’s care
- Assist in surgeries and perform procedures
- Conduct routine physicals or deal with unexpected injuries or sickness
- Provide health and disease education
How can patients access PAs or APNs for medical services?
Physician assistants and advanced practice nurses are available at Carle to treat patients through all phases of life. They take the time to listen to your needs, offer their expertise to enhance your healthcare decisions and bolster the world-class patient care you receive here. If you would like to request a PA or APN for an appointment, you can do so when you call the scheduling center. Also, a PA or APN may be offered to you by the scheduling center representative or referred to you by the physician.