Stanford Nursing

Advanced Practice Provider Roles

Physician Assistant

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a health care professional who is licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with their supervising physician. Physician assistants are committed to personalized, high quality health care and are held to the same legal and ethical standards of care as physicians.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC), PAs serve adults and families in an extensive range of practice settings throughout the medical center. They are involved as adult healthcare providers for acute, chronic and critically ill adults in both primary care and specialty settings. Physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs use autonomous decision-making for patient care.

This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.

Physician Assistants may:

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a health care professional who is licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with a supervising physician. Nurse practitioners are committed to personalized, high quality health care and are held to the same legal and ethical standards of care as physicians.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC), NPs serve adults and families in an extensive range of practice settings throughout the medical center. They are adult healthcare providers for acute, chronic and critically ill adults in both primary care and specialty settings. Physicians delegate duties to nurse practitioners, and within those range of duties, NPs use autonomous decision making for patient care.

This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.

Nurse practitioners may:

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are Advanced Practice Nurses who safely provide more than 32 million anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care each year in the United States. They administer every type of anesthetic to patients, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of operation or procedure – from open heart surgery to pain management programs.

At Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC), CRNAs provide anesthesia and anesthesia-related care services upon request, assignment, and referral by the patient’s physician most often to facilitate diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures. The scope of practice includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Pre-anesthetic Preparation and Evaluation of the Patient

Intraoperative Care

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) possesses specialty knowledge and experience in their area of expertise. Their focus is to collaborate with members of the health care team to enhance patient care by developing and supporting nursing staff and intervening with patients within an identified specialty.

Through the roles of expert clinician, interdisciplinary consultant, educator, researcher, and leadership, Clinical Nurse Specialists:

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