An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or APRN, is a highly trained and licensed nurse with advanced education and clinical experience beyond that of a registered nurse. APRNs have specialized in one of several roles, such as Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). They can diagnose and treat patients, prescribe medications, and provide a wide range of healthcare services within their scope of practice.
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