Christine Cave

Christine Cave DNP, NP-C, MSN, RN, CRRN

What Is A Nurse Practitioner?

Not all RN’s have the advanced training required as that of a Nurse Practitioner (NP). The minimum education for an RN is an associate degree in nursing (ADN). Some RN’s choose to continue education and have a bachelor of nursing degree (BSN). An NP is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in assessing, diagnosing and treating illness. The minimum education for an NP- also may be referred to as an
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a Master of Nursing Degree (MSN); However, Some APRNS have a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) which provides
additional education in leadership, system change, and public policy. Nurse Practitioners perform physical exams, prescribe medications, and treat illness. NPs can differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education.


Date of birth: 1978


Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies – California State University,
Northridge 2000

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) – University of San Francisco,
December 2006

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) –
University of San Francisco, May 2017

Board Certifications:

2017 –American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Family Nurse
Practitioner (NP-C)

2009-Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), Certified Rehabilitation
Registered Nurse (CRRN)

2011-American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Certified Exercise
Physiologist (EP-C)


C.Cave. (Aug. 2016). Evidence based continence care: An integrative
review. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, doi:10.1002/rnj.291

C.Cave. (2017). Clinical Tools for improving continence care: An evidence
based approach. Chicago, IL: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Vaughn, S., Mauk, K., Jacelon, C., Larsen, P., Rye, J. C.Cave, Dufresne,
D. (2015). The competency model for professional rehabilitation nursing.
Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, 41, 33-44. doi: 10.1002/rnj.225

Languages spoken: English


2012-2015 Nurse Manager, El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos, Inpatient Acute

2007-2012 Acute Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, John Muir Medical Center,
Inpatient Acute Rehabilitaiton

Age limit: 16 years and older


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