It’s National Nurse Practitioner Week, and it seems to me that NP’s are still health cares best kept secrete. It’s high time some facts were put on the table…
1. Nurse Practitioners provide high quality primary, acute and specialty health care. NP’s can independently order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose acute and chronic illness, prescribe medication, and manage a patient’s care.
2. Nurse Practitioners empower patients to maintain and improve their health by providing individualized and comprehensive health education and counseling. NP’s provide patients wit the information necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices and educated healthcare decisions. On average, NP’s spent 31% more time with patients than do physicians.
3. Nurse Practitioners focus on promoting health and preventing disease, which reduces healthcare cost for patients. NPs are more likely to suggest therapeutic approaches that reduce healthcare cost. Patients with an NP primary care provider have a lower rate of emergency room admission and lower average hospital length-of-stay.
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