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BernCo Board Proclaims Nov. 11-17 as Nurse Practitioner Week

10/23/2018

At its Oct. 24 administrative meeting the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Nov. 11–17, 2018, as National Nurse Practitioner Week in recognition of the countless contributions nurse practitioners (NPs) have made over the past half century and will continue to make to the health and well-being of citizens in our state.

NPs serve as trusted frontline health care providers for patients in our state and are highly skilled practitioners with advanced education and clinical training building upon their initial registered nurse preparation.

There are more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States, including 1,995 in New Mexico, providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life.

In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, NPs focus on health education and counseling, health promotion and disease prevention to help guide patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.

The confidence that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 1 billion annual patient visits made to NPs across the country, which is supported by more than five decades of research that demonstrates the high quality of care provided by NPs.

Better utilization of NPs through modernized state laws and improved system policies creates better health through a more accessible, efficient, cost-effective and higher quality health care system.

In fact, 22 states and the District of Columbia have implemented Full Practice Authority for NPs, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care providers.

Leading governmental and policy entities including the National Academy of Medicine, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the National Governors Association, and the Federal Trade Commission have taken notice of the benefits of nurse practitioner Full Practice Authority and have endorsed such a regulatory model.

Bernalillo County is proud to recognize and honor the service of NPs to our state.

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