November 12-18, 2017: Nurse Practitioner Week

WHEREAS, nurse practitioners (NPs) serve as trusted frontline providers of health care for patients in our state; and,

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

WHEREAS, there are 234,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States, and more than 6,600 in Michigan providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life; and,

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

WHEREAS, citizens of our state and nation have great trust in the high-quality care nurse practitioners provide, resulting in over a billion patient visits annually to NPs across the country; and,

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

WHEREAS, better utilization of nurse practitioners 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, 22 states and the District of Columbia have implemented Full Practice Authority for nurse practitioners, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care providers; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan is proud to recognize and honor the service of nurse practitioners to our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 12-18, 2017 as Nurse Practitioner Week in Michigan.