“Nurse practitioners (NPs) are leading the charge and growing the nation’s access to patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care,” said Dave Hebert, Chief Executive Officer Dave Hebert of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). “We want every American to understand the commitment, education and clinical training these outstanding professionals have.” He said that AANP will continue to encourage legislation that removes barriers to nurse practitioner-delivered health care services.
Nurse practitioners have certainly been providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life and their role continues to grow in the health care arena on their 50th anniversary of the NP degree. NPs must complete advanced training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. They are licensed in all states and the District of Columbia, and practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed.
Nurse practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses, are mainstream providers in all sectors of health including primary and specialty care and take a patient-centered approach to care. Focusing on health promotion, education, and counseling as well as disease prevention, NPs partner with their patients to make better health decisions.
The nurse practitioner has become the health partner of choice for many of us. They merge clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions but with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management and maintenance. NPs make assessments on patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans–including prescribing medications. They serve as patients’ partners in promoting health in today’s busy world and the ever-changing medical community.
There are an estimated 205,000 NPs across the U.S. New York has more NPs than any other state at approximately 17,000. Read more about NPs at www.aanp.org or the New York State association www.thenpa.org.
NPs are excellent providers of care in many specialty areas including:
• Acute Care
• Diabetes Management-Advanced
• Hospice & Palliative Care
• Psychiatric-Mental Health
• Women’s Health
NPs often practice in additional clinical subspecialty areas such as:
• Occupational Health
• Pain Management
• Palliative Care
• Respiratory / Pulmonology
• Wound Care