To the Journal editor:
The week of Nov. 8-14 is National Nurse Practitioner Week. This week provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the important work of these unique healthcare professionals who for over a half-century have provided comprehensive, cost-effective, patient-centered services to millions of Americans in need of primary, acute, and specialty healthcare services.
NPs are advanced practice registered nurses who have advanced clinical education, national board certification, and training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation. NP practice offers a unique combination of nursing and health care service to patients. Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counseling, and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture. NPs practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes, and private practices across the country and offer a comprehensive perspective to health care. They are the health care providers of choice for millions of people.
The theme for this year’s celebration of NP Week is “NPs Moving Forward: Today. Tomorrow. Together.” The 2020 commemoration occurs as NPs combat COVID-19 and the nursing community celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 290,000 licensed NPs in the U.S.
AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs’ patients and other health care consumers.