Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator
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Nurse practitioners provide more than 171,000 solutions to the health care crisis
National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 10-16
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – As the health care provider shortage continues to top the national agenda, it is important that the public is aware that there are more than 171,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients across the country. Frontier Nursing University, based in Hyden, KY, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) invite Kentucky residents to learn about nurse practitioner care during National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 10-16, 2013.
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 is a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education. 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.
With more than 3,000 nurse practitioners practicing in Kentucky, the care they provide significantly impacts the overall health of our communities and our state as a whole. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recognizes the impact of nurse practitioner care on our state’s health and has proclaimed November 10-16 as Nurse Practitioner Week in Kentucky (view Nurse Practitioner Week proclamation). Frontier Nursing University invites all Kentucky residents to learn more about nurse practitioner care by following us on Facebook and Twitter during this week of celebration.
Established in Hyden, Ky, in 1939, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been educating nurse-midwives for nearly 75 years and nurse practitioners for more than 40 years, with the mission of serving women and families. FNU established the first family nurse practitioner program in the U.S. in 1970 and continues to educate both nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners today through its innovative distance education programs.
View Nurse Practitioner Week Proclamation from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners:
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 171,000 NPs, including more than 47,500 individual members and 215 groups, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.
Frontier Nursing University:
Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.