November 7th-13th, 2021
On the second week of November, Golden Valley Health Centers honors and celebrates Nurse Practitioners (NP) for their dedication to our communities. According to National Today, the Nurse practitioner profession started in 1965 to respond to the increasing demand for primary care providers in the United States. Today, NPs are at the center of health care services and have played a crucial role in our fight against COVID-19.
Here are five interesting facts about Nurse Practitioners.
1. They are different from registered nurses
While they are both nurses, NPs have higher training and education than registered nurses.
2. They have prescriptive rights
Nurse practitioners have the legal right to prescribe medications in every U.S. state, including Washington D.C.
3. They can practice in almost all specialties
Nurse practitioners have the required training to specialize in almost every medical specialty and sub-specialty, including mental health, cardiology, neurology, and orthopedics.
4. They can practice without supervision
Nurse practitioners are legally allowed to fully practice in 23 states of the United States without a physician’s supervision.
5. They attend to over 1.06 billion patients
A recent report revealed that nurse practitioners in the U.S. see or care for over 1.06 billion patients in a year.