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Nurse Practitioner Week


WHEREAS, nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have advanced clinical education and training building upon their initial registered nurse preparation; and

WHEREAS, NPs serve as trusted frontline providers of healthcare for patients in our state; and

WHEREAS, there are 270,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States, and more than 11,800 licensed NPs in Virginia providing primary, acute, and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life; and

WHEREAS, NPs diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications and other treatments to patients through a caring, patient-centered, holistic model of care; and

WHEREAS, citizens have great trust in the high-quality care NPs provide, resulting in more than one billion patient visits annually to NPs across the country; and

WHEREAS, five decades of research demonstrates the high quality of care provided by NPs; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, HB 793, which was signed into law in 2018, now allows NPs with the equivalent of five or more years of clinical experience to apply for autonomous practice licensure, thereby increasing access to patient care in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to recognize and honor the service of NPs to our Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 10-16, 2019, as NURSE PRACTITIONER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.