National Nurse Practitioner [NP] Week 2017 is November 12 – 18.
The role of the NP will be showcased November 12 – 18, 2017, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United
States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 234,000 strong with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year.
We take advantage of this special week to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional contributions NPs make to the health of millions of Americans. The faith that patients have in the care they receive from NPs is evidenced
by the more than 1.02 billion visits made to NPs annually.
Nurse practitioners, also known as NPs, are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care.
• NPs offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.
• 22 states and the District of Columbia have granted full practice authority to NPs, giving patients more direct access to the primary, acute and specialty care services that NPs provide.
• NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
• There are more than 234,000 NPs licensed to practice in America today, providing solutions to the health care provider crisis.
• NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctoral degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training.
• NPs are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
• Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
This week … and every week … we give GREAT THANKS to our NP’s!