Your Partner in Health - The Nurse Practitioner

 The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) is showcased November 13 - 19, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 222,000 strong with an additional 20,000 NP students graduating each year. 

NPs offer a unique combination of health care service to patients.  Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counseling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture.   In a population that is aging, with baby boomers becoming seniors in growing numbers over the next ten years, having choices about health care providers will become even more important. National NP Week brings visibility to the role of the NP, helping consumers make wise choices when selecting their health care provider.

 Nurse practitioners are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care.   They offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.  There are many reasons to choose a NP as your primary provider:

-NPs 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.

-NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctoral degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training.

-Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.

-NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.

-The confidence patients have in NPs is demonstrated by the more than 870 million visits made to NPs each year.

 Join Calais Regional Hospital in celebrating and honoring the role NPs play in the health of our patients.  If you are already seeing a NP, take a moment to say thanks.  If you are looking for a primary care provider consider one of the great NPs available at CRMS.  You’ll be glad you did.