Individuals can find good nurse practitioners by asking for referrals from medical facility personnel and family and friends who have utilized the care of a nurse practitioner or by contacting professional organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Professional medical organizations and insurance companies commonly host online databases of nurse practitioners that patients can search by geographic location or specialty of the practitioner.
Consult with the office personnel of the nurse practitioners you are considering to ensure the care provided meets your needs. It's a good idea to compile a list of questions regarding your personal and medical care preferences before enrolling as a patient. Questions may include topics such as holistic approaches to medicine, patient capacity, insurance providers accepted and bedside manner.
Many patients choose to use a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider, so it is helpful to inquire about your current ailments, diseases or medical concerns to determine if a particular nurse practitioner specializes in these areas and has the knowledge to diagnose and treat existing conditions.
Nurse practitioners are gaining popularity with patients, with more than 190,000 practicing in the United States as of 2015, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.