- As newly insured patients seek access to health care, it is important
that the public be aware that there are more than 192,000 nurse practitioners
(NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive,
patient-centered care to patients nationwide.
NPs are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have
master’s and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical
preparation 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 916 million visits
made to NPs every year.
National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 9-15, 2014, 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importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will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
so that patients are allowed full and direct access to all the services
NPs are educated and certified to provide. 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.
Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has 16 NPs providing care to
the residents of and visitors to the community. “Our NPs work tirelessly
to provide patients with the care they need. Patients whose primary care
providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital
stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs. This week we celebrate
the commitment of our NPs to advance the health of the community,”
stated AGHS Nurse Practitioner Lisa Bayles.
About the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners
(NPs) of all specialties. The mission of AANP is to lead NPs in transforming
patient-centered health care. AANP works to: promote excellence in NP
practice, education and research; serve as a resource for NPs, the healthcare
community and consumers; and be a leader in the national and global community.
As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests
of the more than 192,000 primary, specialty and acute care NPs practicing
in the U. S. today. For more information visit www.aanp.org. To locate
an NP in your community, go to npfinder.com.
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. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery,
orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune
disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic
center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary
care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout
the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit