National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrated November 11-17
As the health care provider shortage continues to top the national agenda,
it is important that the public be aware that there are more than 155,000
nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality,
cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients across
NPs 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.
NPs are informed regarding the unique concerns of diverse patient populations
and in touch with the needs of each individual. Through a partnership
with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Joining Forces
(a White House initiative to raise awareness of the health care needs
of veterans, active service members and their families), NPs are increasingly
well prepared to care for the important patient group.
National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 11 - 17, 2012 is a time to
celebrate these exceptional health care providers and remind lawmakers
of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so the NPs
will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and
More than 22 nurse practitioners provide care across the health care spectrum
at Atlantic General Hospital and Health System.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties
since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md.
combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology
and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than
25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and
visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General
Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.
About American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the oldest and largest
national professional organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all
specialties. AANP represents the interests of approximately 155,000 nurse
practitioners in the country and advocates for the active role of NPs
as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered
and personalized healthcare. For more information, visit aanp.org. To
locate an NP in your community, go to npfinder.com