November 11-17 is National Nurse Practitioner (NP) week. This is the perfect time to recognize how Nurse Practitioners are transforming medicine. Nurse Practitioners play an important role in providing timely access to quality healthcare.
9 Ways Nurse Practitioners are Transforming Medicine:
- There are more than 248,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
- 8% of NPs have graduate degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation
- 9% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 11.3% have long-term care privilege
- 8% of NPs prescribe medications
- The majority (60.8%) of NPs see three or more patients per hour
- NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smart health and lifestyle choices
- Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs
- 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
- The confidence patients have in NP-provided care is demonstrated by the more than 1.02 billion patient visits each year