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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

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Whether you’re in search of a new provider for your child or simply need to get them in for a quick visit, you may at some point get stuck on the difference between a pediatrician and nurse practitioner. Well aside from their professional title, their roles are very similar!

Learn more about what visiting with a Nurse Practitioner means for your child.

What is a nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioners are an advanced registered nurse with extended education and training. They are also required to obtain a doctoral or master’s level education.

Nurse practitioners are qualified to:

  • Diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses in children (and adults)
  • Manage patient relationships and care
  • Serve as a pediatrician or primary care provider
  • Prescribe treatments and medication
  • Equip patients with the proper knowledge on disease prevention, management and healthy lifestyle recommendations
  • Place orders for lab or diagnostic testing

Meet our practitioners.

Kristina Dickerson is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler, as well as a Master of Science from Texas Woman’s University. With a child of her own, she can fully relate to what other parents experience when their child gets sick or injured. Kristina wants to see your child feeling back to normal just as much as you do! She gives the highest level of care to patients of all ages by providing well-checks, annual and sports physicals, immunizations, treating common illnesses and so much more! To schedule an appointment with Kristina click here.

Tricia Blanco-Pascual is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Velez College of Nursing in Cebu, Philippines and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. As a mother of three, Tricia understands the concerns of other parents and is here to partner with you for the best plan of care for your child. She enjoys helping families with many childhood health needs including a variety of common illnesses, well-child checks, immunizations and more. To schedule an appointment with Tricia click here.

So what’s the difference?

Well there really aren’t many... Nurse practitioners are just as qualified as doctors, there is often just a variation between training experience and licenses. One of the many things we love most about our team is how closely they work with one another at every level. The practitioners have years of experience under their own belt, but they can also get a second opinion from pediatrician’s Dr. Hebbur and Dr. Okammor, who have served our local community for several decades.

What this means for your child is that Village Pediatrics is always just a call away with top of the line care. It’s also an added bonus that the nurse practitioners can often be seen much sooner than the pediatricians who tend to have a full schedule. Whether it’s with one of our pediatricians or nurse practitioners, we have a team of knowledgeable staff ready to provide the best care for your child!

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