AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is good news
for healthcare consumers. The once frustrating search to find a healthcare
provider who spends time talking with as well as providing high-quality
care for patients is just a click away on a computer.
A new Web site -- NPFinder.com -- helps you locate a nurse practitioner
(NP) in your area. This new resource helps guide consumers to NP practice
sites in communities around the country. The website allows the search by
city, state or zip code as well as specialty. NPFinder.com helps simplify
the search for an exceptional healthcare provider -- even providing a map
pinpointing the location of the NP practice.
More and more people are choosing NPs as their primary, acute and/or
specialty healthcare provider. Research conducted for more than 40 years
has established that NPs provide high-quality, cost-effective and
personalized healthcare. NPs are different from other healthcare providers
- they focus on the whole person when treating specific health problems and
they educate their patients on the effects those problems with have on them
and their loved ones.
Outcomes from studies of NP practice support that the quality of NP
care is at least equivalent to - and sometimes better than - that of
physician care. The high level of satisfaction and confidence that patients
have in NPs is evidenced by the approximate 600 million visits that are
made to NPs each year.
-- NPs have graduate, advanced education (most have master's degrees
and many have doctorates) and advanced clinic training beyond their initial
registered nurse preparation
-- NPs order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and
treat acute and chronic conditions and prescribe medications and other
-- NPs are truly partners in the healthcare of their patients. In
addition to clinical services, NPs focus on health promotion, disease
prevention and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make
smarter health and lifestyle choices. Patients with NPs as their healthcare
provider have fewer instances of emergency room visits, shorter hospital
stays and often have lower medication costs
Find out for yourself how an NP can be Your Partner in Health. Visit
NPFinder.com is a service of the American Academy of Nurse
AANP was founded in 1985 and is the largest and only full-service
national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.
AANP represents the interests of approximately 120,000 NPs around the
country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of NPs as providers
of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare. For more
information about AANP, visit www.aanp.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Nurse Practitioners