National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 11-17, 2012
National Nurse Practitioner Week holds numerous opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional contributions NPs make to the health of millions of Americans. Thousands of those Americans are our military service members, veterans and their families. Please join me in saluting the men and women nurse practitioners who serve in the military and provide care for not only military personnel and their families but also all civilians in America as well as the countless other NPs across America!
Nurse practitioners are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have master’s and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. In addition to providing a full range of services, NPs work as partners with their patients, guiding them to make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices. The confidence that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 600 million visits made to NPs every year. National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 11-17, 2012 is a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education. Nurse practitioners are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America!
Joy P. Deupree, PhD, APRN-BC
President, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama