November 10-16, 2013 is National Nurse Practitioner Week, so we at South University are honoring our students enrolled in our Nurse Practitioner program areas at the master’s and doctoral levels. For those of you less familiar with the role of a Nurse Practitioner, let’s take a look at this important healthcare career.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 171,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients across the country. In fact, every year, patients make more than 916 million visits to NPs.
NPs are licensed clinicians with advanced education (most have master’s degrees and many have doctoral degrees) and extensive clinical preparation that allows them to provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. NP services typically include ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care. In addition, NPs also regularly work with their patients to assist them in making educated healthcare decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
Thank you again to all our hardworking nursing students who will make an impact in this field.
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Website
- 2013 NP Week Resource Guide and Press Release
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