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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.