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 treatment -- 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. NPFinder.com is a service of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). 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