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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illnesses. Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications, treat illnesses, and administer physical exams. NPs differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education. NPs specialize in providing all encompassing individualized care. Most NPs specialize in particular areas of health care.

Gena Nelson serves areas east of Dallas including Rockwall County, Hunt County, Royse City, Fate, Greenville, Wolf City, and Quinlan. Since the inception of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in the 1960's, NPs have specialized in providing health care to under-served populations. This allows NPs to practice in a variety of settings both urban and rural.

Mrs. Nelson is board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. She provides care to all age groups. This includes children over the age of 2, adolescents, and adults. She works to provide diagnostic evaluations and initiate treatment plans including medication management. 

Mrs. Nelson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Nursing. She was President of the Student Government Association at Texas Women’s University and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Mrs. Nelson received her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas in Arlington. She continues to work with the University of Texas as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Masters-prepared individuals. She has experience in critical care nursing, as well as inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare.

Publications: Statistics for Health Care Research, A Practical Workbook, 2007. Co-authored with Susan K.Grove, PhD, APRN, BC, ANP, GNP, Associate Dean of University of Texas at Arlington, School of Nursing