Next week is National Nurse Practitioner Week. It is a time to celebrate our often “invisible” health care provider. There are more than 171,000 practicing nurse practitioners in our country with more than 7,500 in Pennsylvania.
We are all registered nurses with a master’s or doctorate degree and advanced clinical training. We offer high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care across the life span.
You will find us at walk-in clinics, private offices, schools, emergency rooms, hospital units, employee health settings, prisons, mental health clinics, gynecologist offices, etc.
We provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
Our emphasis is on health promotion and disease prevention. We focus on the health and well-being of the whole person, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
As the health care provider shortage continues and the Affordable Care Act is implemented, many more people will need providers so you will likely be working with a nurse practitioner in the future. We look forward to caring for you.
If you would like more information on becoming a nurse practitioner or information on our profession, please visit the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners at www. pacnp.org or visit the National Association of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanp.org.
Lorrie Borrell, NP
president, Laurel Highlands Nurse Practitioner Association