National Nurse Practitioner Week- November 9-15

11/07/14  Portland, Ore.

Nurse practitioners provide more than 192,000 solutions to the health care crisis National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 9-15.

Portland, OR 11/07/14- 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is a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education so that patients are allowed full and direct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.Nurse Practitioners

Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing has numerous nurse practitioner full-time faculty and clinical preceptors across the state.  They deliver skilled and up to date instruction based on their experiences in a variety of clinical specialties and facilities.

The School offers NP programs:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care and Primary Care)

For each of the specialties listed above you can enter with a bachelor's degree in nursing and exit with a master of nursing degree. For all of these specialties you can also enter with a bachelor's degree in nursing and exit with the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. Applicants with an existing advanced practice license can achieve a post-master's certificate in nurse-midwifery, psychiatric mental health or family nurse practice.

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (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.


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