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August 20, 2018

How a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Provider Can Save You a Lot of Headache this School Year

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP

When it comes to keeping a busy household functioning during the school year, parents have a lot to juggle. Even when things are running smoothly, one sick child can send an entire family into a tailspin, especially if you don’t have a primary care provider. Here are five reasons why a nurse practitioner (NP) can make your life a lot easier.

You need to see someone, fast. An ear infection or strep throat demands quick attention, but not an emergency room.

New patient appointments are hard to get. Some practices have wait times as long as 24 days for a physician, but NPs are far more accessible.

You waste time getting new providers up to speed. It’s exhausting going through your family history at every appointment.

You don’t have a connection with providers. Your kids don’t feel comfortable sharing things with people they don’t know.

There’s no continuity of care. Subtle changes since the last appointment go unnoticed because the same person isn’t doing the exam.

Having a trusted primary care provider can help keep your family healthy and sane, and NPs are a smart choice for parents on the go!