Lynn Ounpraseuth, APRN joined Cooper Clinic in August 2016. She provides care for patients with Hepatitis C as well as numerous Gastrointestinal conditions. Additionally, Lynn is available to assist in the treatment of patients who are under the care of our four Board-Certified Gastroenterologists. Born in Vientiane, Laos, Lynn migrated with her parents to Fresno, California. She always knew she wanted a medical career, and she was pleased when her parents allowed her to pursue her nursing degree at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She then graduated from the Walden University’s Nurse Practitioner Program where she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
What is an APRN (Nurse Practitioner)?
APRN is the acronym for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. APRNs have earned a college degree in nursing and then completed either a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. They undergo advanced clinical training before entering a specific area of expertise.
Those persons who have earned their APRN degree are commonly referred to as Nurse Practitioners.
Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) fulfill a unique role as healthcare providers. They have more training and responsibilities for administering patient care than Registered Nurses. Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medication, examine patients, diagnose illnesses, and provide treatment, much like physicians do.
Nurse practitioners manage acute and chronic medical conditions through history and physical exams and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. They are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform procedures, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice.
At Cooper Clinic, Nurse Practitioners work under the authority and supervision of a medical doctor. This arrangement means that Nurse Practitioners collaborate with a physician as needed to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.
A Nurse Practitioner may serve as a patient’s primary healthcare provider and they may treat patients of all ages depending upon their specialty. By offering high quality, patient-centered healthcare, Nurse Practitioners are quickly becoming highly valued members of the healthcare team. They provide care for millions of Americans and are an important part of the solution to this country’s physician shortage.