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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master’s degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patients regular health care provider.

Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care . Nurse practitioners focus on patients conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention , wellness , and patient education priorities. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs. In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research and are often active in patient advocacy activities.

About Kelly Spencer, ARNP-C

Kelly Spencer is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Kelly graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Nursing in May 2006 and astutely continued her education to receive her Masters degree in December 2007 attending the UF Family Nurse Practitioner Masters Program. Kelly started her nursing career at North Florida Medical Center in Gainesville as a registered nurse and after completing her board certification she joined Dr. Lori Dowie in August 2008. Kelly has been warmly accepted by Dr. Dowies’ patients and continues to provide them with the best medical care available.

About Melissa Eha, ARNP-C

Melissa Eha is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practioner. Melissa graduated from Indian River State College in 2011 with an Associate Degree in Nursing and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. She recently graduated from the University of Florida with Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2015. She’s new to the team, but already part of the family. Her warmth and understanding with patients of all ages makes her a great asset.