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MCW Advanced Practice Providers

Team-Based Care

Teams of health care providers work together with our affiliates and staff to bring specialty care to our patients, families and community. This multidisciplinary approach has been shown to improve patient and family satisfaction, quality of care and health outcomes. Nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), Certified Anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs) are health care providers you may see during your visits with as at Froedtert Health Network or Children’s Hospital. These providers are also referred to as advanced practice providers (APPs). These providers work collaboratively with physicians as an integral part of both inpatient and outpatient clinical care teams to improve patient access, ensuring timely, relevant, and high quality care. Practicing at the top of their licensures and scope of practice, APPs are involved in all aspects of patient care. APPs practice in a wide variety of adult and pediatric medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

MCW APPs are deeply integrated into interdisciplinary team based care models to delivery patient care at our affiliates:

  • Froedtert Health Network
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

What are advanced practice providers?

Advanced practice providers are health care providers working together with physicians to provide direct medical care to patient at Froedtert Health Network, Children’s hospital of Wisconsin, and other affiliates. These providers see patients of all ages across primary, specialty, hospital, operating room, and long term care settings. They have the education and training to treat patients with acute and chronic conditions, promote health and prevent disease.

What services can be provided by an advanced practice provider?

Advanced practice providers can provide the following services:

  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests (such as laboratory and medical imaging tests)
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • Counsel and educate patients on their health condition and prevention of illness
  • Manage and coordinate care with an interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, etc.
  • Collaborate with your physician, as needed, to develop a plan of care, which may include additional treatment, surgery, referrals, etc.

MCW Employs A Variety of Advanced Practice Providers

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Physician Assistant (PA)
  • A physician assistant is an advanced practice provider licensed to provide medical care with the supervision of a physician. Current physician assistant programs award a master’s degree.
  • Training includes extensive clinical rotations, focusing on medical models of care (including surgical training) and overall health and wellness, which prepare them to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Physician assistants are nationally board certified and maintain continuing education throughout their careers.
  • View additional resources about physician assistants on the American Academy of Physician Assistants website.
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who holds a master’s or a doctorate degree with specific advanced nursing education and training in the diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions in collaboration with a physician.
  • Nurse practitioners are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
  • Training includes extensive clinical rotations, focusing on nursing and medical models of care and overall health and wellness, which prepare them to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Nurse practitioners are nationally board certified and maintain continuing education throughout their careers.
  • View additional resources about nurse practitioners on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners website.
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse with a master’s or doctorate degree with advanced nursing education, training and certification in the diagnosis, management, prevention of common and complex medical conditions in women and infants, as well as reproductive health.
  • Certified nurse midwives are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
  • Training includes extensive clinical rotations, focusing on health and wellness throughout a woman’s reproductive life, including preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
  • Certified nurse midwives are nationally board certified and maintain continuing education throughout their careers.
  • View additional resources about certified nurse midwives on the American College of Nurse Midwives website.
Certified Anesthesiology Assistants
  • A certified Anesthesiology Assistants is an advanced practice provider with a master’s degree who is trained to under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans
  • Training includes extensive clinical rotations in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques
  • Certified Anesthesiology Assistants are nationally board certified and maintain continuing education throughout their careers.
  • View additional resources about certified Anesthesiology Assistants on the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants website.
Certified Nurse Anesthetists
  • A certified nurse anesthetists is a registered nurse with a master’s degree with advanced nursing education, training and certification in the diagnosis, management, prevention of common and complex medical conditions in anesthesia.
  • Certified nurse anesthetists are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
  • Training includes extensive clinical rotations in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques.
  • Certified nurse anesthetists are nationally board certified and maintain continuing education throughout their careers.
  • View additional resources about certified nurse midwives on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone see an advanced practice provider?
Yes. These providers are an integral part of providing quality health care, focusing on the whole person when treating specific health problems, as well as educating patients and families. Our advanced practice providers have specialty interests, as well as a wide-range of experience with chronic and acute conditions, disease management and preventive care.

What is the relationship between my physician and advanced practice provider?
Advanced practice providers work in a collaborative team with your physician to provide you the benefit of each provider’s expertise. This approach allows for timely access to appointments, improves quality of care, and ultimately results in better health outcomes.