National Nurse Practitioner Week is celebrated the week of November 11-17. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 248,000 licensed nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States. This week of recognition aims to strengthen public awareness about the role of NPs in the healthcare system.
Nurse practitioners work in a variety of specialties including acute care, family health, women’s health, and many more. Not only are NPs clinicians who diagnose and treat illnesses, they also help their patients gain a better understanding of their health through education and health management and promotion.
Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the current healthcare system because they are an excellent solution to the primary care shortage we are seeing today. NPs can provide cost-effective care that is also high quality and patient-focused. They help patients see the full picture of their health, counseling and educating them to make healthier lifestyle choices. As a result, this can reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs by helping them have shorter and fewer hospitals visits and lower medication costs.
With a population that is aging at quicker rates over the next few years, having more options when selecting a healthcare provider will be more important than ever. Nurse practitioners are part of the solution and National Nurse Practitioner Week puts the spotlight on these incredible and versatile healthcare professionals.