Our Endocrinology practice includes specialty staff such as Nurse Practitioners (“NP’s”) and Physician Assistants (“PA’s”). NP’s complete training as a registered nurse before obtaining a masters degree. PA’s complete an undergraduate degree prior to entry into a Physician Assistant program. By the time they complete their education and extensive clinical training it is common for an NP or a PA to have one or more master’s degrees, and possibly a doctorate. Both must pass rigorous professional examinations and be licensed to practice by the states in which they work.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on our specialty staff obtain and record medical histories, diagnose and treat various conditions, order medical tests, x-rays and prescriptions, and provide preventive as well as follow-up care.
State laws regulate the scope of professional responsibilities and autonomy for both Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. In our office practice, our specialty staff work with the supervision of our physicians. For more detailed information about Nurse Practitioners, visit www.aanp.org, the website for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. For additional information about Physician Assistants, visit the website of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. There are also many other websites focusing on these healthcare professions.
High Quality Experts, High Quality Care
The training, experience and efforts of our Nurses, Medical Assistants, Nutritionists, Diabetes Educators, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, other technical and specialty staff all contribute to the ability of Endocrine Associates of Dallas to pursue our mission of providing quality patient care with a high level of expertise, optimal responsiveness and professional efficiency.
EAD Nurse Practitioners
- Karla McHughes, RN, MS, NP-C
- Eric Whitworth, BBA, MPAS, PA-C
- Linh Truong, PA