This week we celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week. According to The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), almost 916 million patients visit Nurse Practitioners each year and report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive. By providing high-quality care and counseling, NPs can lower the cost of health care for patients. Patients who see NPs often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.
Nurse Practitioners must complete a master’s degree or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. They undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. Self-directed continued learning and professional development is also essential to maintaining clinical competency.
Be sure and thank your Nurse Practitioner this week!