This week, November 12-18, 2017 is National Nurse Practitioner Week. As it’s just a few days before Thanksgiving, we’re reflecting on all the ways we feel grateful to work with such an inspiring group of people.
In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, Nurse Practitioners are increasingly stepping into key leadership roles in units and departments across the country. At the same time, more and more states are granting full practice authority to NPs. It’s exciting to see the profession advance as more and more NPs have the ability to practice to the fullest extent of their scope and training.
Nurse Practitioners, with an extensive scope of practice, advanced degrees, and clinical experience in the field, are providing cost-effective, quality healthcare services that are critically needed. A few statistics from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners illustrate the value these Advanced Practice Providers contribute each day:
- NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
- NPs are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
- NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
- The confidence patients have in NPs is demonstrated by the more than 1.02 billion visits made to NPs each year.
The nation’s 234,000 Nurse Practitioners deserve to be celebrated and recognized. Let’s take some time this week to reflect on the advances in healthcare over the last 50 years of NP practice. At the same time, let’s look ahead to the positive impact that NPs will continue to have on patients and their families well into the future.
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Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.