Family Nurse Practitioners are to care for patients independently (without consulting a physician) when operating within protocols of the Physician Assistant/Family Nurse Practitioner Supervision Agreement and operating within their training and experience as Family Nurse Practitioners. Family Nurse Practitioners are to consult a Physician whenever they have doubt as to the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Within the protocols developed, Family Nurse Practitioners are to provide health maintenance screening for children, pregnant patients, and adults, acute care for walk in patients, care for patients with chronic stable conditions.
LIMITATIONS OF AUTHORITY:
Family Nurse Practitioners are limited in exercise of independent clinical judgment by the Nurse Practice Act of the state of California, and the personnel policies of United Health Centers. Family Nurse Practitioners are not to initiate new clinical or administrative protocols or procedures within the Health Center, except as developed in cooperation with the Chief Medical Officer.