November 11-17, 2018: Nurse Practitioner Week

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

WHEREAS, NPs are highly skilled practitioners with advanced education and clinical training building upon their initial registered nurse preparation; and,

WHEREAS, there are more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States, and more than 7,500 in Michigan providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices; and,

WHEREAS, the confidence that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than one billion annual patient visits made to NPs across the country; and,

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

WHEREAS, leading governmental and policy entities including the National Academy of Medicine, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, National Governors Association and Federal Trade Commission have taken notice of the benefits of nurse practitioner Full Practice Authority and have endorsed such a regulatory model; and,

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 11-18, 2018 as Nurse Practitioner Week in Michigan.