christine downey

Christine Downey DNP, NP-C

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 preform physical exams, prescribe medications, and treat illness. NPs can differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education.


Date of birth: 1962


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)- Modesto Junior College- 1989

Master of Nursing specializing in Nursing Education (MSN)- Walden University 2010

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)- specializing in Adult and Geriatric Nursing
Arizona State University 2015

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