The American Association of Nurse Practitioners saluted NPs in honor of National NP Week, Nov. 10-16.
As the healthcare provider shortage continues to top the national agenda, the AANP hopes to spread public awareness of the 171,000 NPs in the U.S. who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, personalized and patient-centered care to millions of people across the country, according to an AANP news release.
National NP Week is the perfect opportunity to learn more about these exceptional healthcare providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice to the full extent of their education and experience, according to the AANP.
NPs are expert clinicians with advanced education and extensive clinical preparation who provide primary, acute and specialty healthcare services. NPs spend time working with their patients, guiding them to make educated healthcare decisions and healthy lifestyle choices, the association stated.
A recent survey conducted by The Mellman Group, a Washington, D.C.-based polling and consulting firm, showed widespread, national support among the general public for legislative and policy proposals to remove barriers to NP practice, thus giving patients greater access to NP care and services (www.pewstates.org/research/analysis/survey-americans-support-more-medical-duties-for-nurse-practitioners-85899518133).
The results were supported by a report from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. Published in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs, it describes the greater use of NPs and other healthcare providers as a potential solution to the expected shortage of primary care physicians (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/11/1933.abstract).
NPs are informed, in touch and involved, making them the healthcare providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America, AANP CEO David Herbert, JD, said in the news release.
More information from the AANP: www.aanp.org