Learn More About the Role of Nurse Practitioners at ADC

What is an advanced practitioner?

Advanced practitioners are an integral part of the medical team that provides care to you at ADC, and includes physician assistants and nurse practitioners. They work in concert with your doctor and, using the MyADC electronic medical records, ensure that you have continuity of care across all ADC visits and locations. Like doctors, advanced practitioners can specialize as a primary care or a specialty provider. Below, we will explain more about the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) here at ADC.

Caroline Vickers, Internal Medicine, The Austin Diagnostic ClinicNurse Practitioners

At the ADC North Clinic, Caroline Vickers, MSN, AGPCNP-BC is a nurse practitioner in primary care specializing in Internal Medicine. As an NP in this department, she provides care to adults starting from late adolescence through their senior years.

You can get a good understanding about her area of specialty by examining her credentials:

  • MSN: Master of Science in Nursing
  • AGPCNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • BC: Board Certified

What can a nurse practitioner do?

An NP offers similar quality of care as their physician counterparts at ADC. In Texas, NPs are required to work with a collaborating physician. At ADC, that physician is a member of the same department as the NP. You can see a nurse practitioner after you have established care with an ADC doctor.

Nurse practitioners approach your care from a holistic perspective, helping you promote health and prevent disease.

“We handle the biological, psychological, social, and physical aspects of your care,” says Caroline.

During a visit with Caroline or other NPs at ADC, he or she will be able to create a plan of care, order screening or diagnostic tests, prescribe medications, refer you to specialists, and collaborate with your doctor and other healthcare providers.

Nurse practitioners can address these areas of care:

  • Physical examination
  • Order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic studies
  • Well/sick visits for all ages
  • Coordination of health care services
  • Health education
  • Disease prevention

Medical Care From a Nurse Practitioner

Here at ADC, patients have great feedback regarding their experiences with NPs. Including the patient feedback we received for Caroline Vickers, MSN, AGPCNP-BC:

  •  . . . is amazing – listens, sense of humor, and she addressed additional concerns I had about some medications with thoughtfulness . .”
  • I called to make an appointment at ADC Urgent Care and was given the option to see and AP in internal medicine instead.  Had no idea that (option) was available.  Love the ADC Family!
  • She listened to me and asked questions. She prescribed a medicine to my pharmacy and said she would contact me when the urine culture came back to make sure the medicine she was prescribing would be appropriate . . . very professional.

Schedule an Appointment with a Nurse Practitioner,

If you are an established patient with an ADC primary care doctor, you can choose one of three ways to book your next appointment with a nurse practitioner.

  1. The ADC Call Center is open 24/7/365! – call 512-901-1111.
  1. Appoint directly through the MyADC Patient Portal – Registered MyADC patients can login and make your appointment today, tonight, whenever!
  1. Request an appointment on ADClinic.com – New or established patients can complete the simple request an appointment.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Three thumbs up for Nurse Practitioners. Since Dr Mayhabb suspended his practice I have bee seeing Nancy Dasso. She is fantastic! I am fortunate I to have only an occasional need to see an attending, when I do Ms Dasso is my advocate making sure the relevant notes are in my medical record, labs are ordered and available. She coordinates with my Primary within Internal Medicine, which is extremely helpful given the busy and full calendar Dr. Romain carries.

    A well deserved shout out to… Nancy A Dasso, F.N.P.-C