About Nurse Practitioner
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. After earning a Master’s in Nursing Degree and becoming board certified in a nurse practitioner specialty, Nurse Practitioners follow rules and regulations set by the Nurse Practice Act of their practicing state.
NPs are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective and personal touch to health care.
Why Nurse Practitioner?
- NP Credibility: NPs are more than just health care providers; they are mentors, educators, researchers and administrators. Their involvement in professional organizations and participation in health policy activities at the local, state, national and international levels helps to advance the role of the NP and ensure that professional standards are maintained.
- Lower Health Care Costs: By providing high-quality care and counseling, NPs can lower the cost of health care for patients. For example, patients who see NPs as their primary care provider often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.
- Patient Satisfaction: With more than 1.06 billion visits made to NPs each year, patients report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.
- Primary Care Shortage Solution: By offering high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care, NPs provide more than 290,000 solutions to the primary care shortage facing America today.
Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) www.aanp.org