Right now, you are hearing a lot about Nurse Practitioners. Perhaps you see one for your health care, or maybe you are curious about NPs.
It’s possible that you have never heard of Nurse Practitioners at all. Unfortunately, that happens all to often. NPs are healthcare’s best kept secret!
Nurse Practitioners healthcare providers of choice for millions of patients. We are nurses with advanced education and training. When we assess our patients, we order and interpret diagnostic tests (labs, imaging, functional testing and more), determine diagnosis and decide on a course of treatment, including prescribing medications.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are over 200,000 of us currently licensed in the US alone. Approx 2/3 of Americans have seen an NP for their primary care and patients make over 916,000 visits to NPs annually.
Most of us hold graduate degrees – masters or doctorates and we are nationally certified. We work in all areas, though most of us are in primary care. You can find NPs certified in:
- Acute Care
- Adult (more are now Adult/Gero)
- Psych/Mental Health
- Women’s Health
As for myself, I was educated as a GNP (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner) and later went on to become an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). Many NPs are educated and certified in more than one area. And all of the NPs I’ve spoken with became a nurse and later a nurse practitioner because they wanted to make a difference. And so we have.
I encourage you to watch and share the following video on NPs with your friends and colleagues.
To my NP colleagues, Happy NPWeek to you! What do you like best about being an NP?
To my readers, if you have not yet seen an NP, why not? It’s time. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised! These websites may help you locate an NP near you.