Join Us in Celebrating Nurse Practitioners, Who Go the Extra Mile to Provide Lifesaving Care
National Nurse Practitioner Week is November 7-13, 2021, and it is a special time to honor the more than 325,000 nurse practitioners who are licensed to practice in the U.S. (AANP). We’re here to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the nurse practitioners who have dedicated themselves to improving health and saving lives across our nation. Thanks for going the extra mile to provide lifesaving care – especially during the pandemic!
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, “NPs provide a wide range of care to America’s patients in more than 1 billion visits annually…These health care professionals practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country — wherever patients are in need — and continue to provide front-line care during the COVID-19 pandemic. NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment, including prescribing medications. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans” (AANP NP Week).<[h2> About the Nurse Practitioner Profession
The nurse practitioner profession was established in 1965, when Dr. Loretta Ford and Dr. Henry Silver started the first nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado (AANP Historical Timeline). Since then, the field has grown, and today, there are nearly 400 academic institutions in the nation with NP programs (AANP Student Resources).
Over the years, the role of nurse practitioner has evolved, and now, NPs work in telemedicine, on the frontlines of the pandemic, in general practice, or in specialized fields. While many NPs are based in metropolitan or suburban areas, some care for patients in rural communities. Many care for underserved patient populations in the VA, IHS, or remote regions. From part time to full time, locum tenens to permanent, there’s a schedule to fit every nurse practitioner. The profession was even ranked #2 in Best Health Care Jobs, #3 in 100 Best Jobs, and #3 in Best STEM Jobs by U.S. News.
To learn how you can help celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week, visit AANP, where you’ll find the NP Week Proclamation as well as posters, press releases, conversation starters, resource guides, social media tips, and more.
Ready to embark on an exciting locum tenens assignment as an NP? Check out our nurse practitioner jobs here.