"America's nurse practitioners are leading the way to meet our nation's health care needs," said David Hebert, CEO of AANP. "They are partners in health to millions of Americans with a 50-year track record of timely, safe, high-quality and cost-effective health care."
"The time is right for our lawmakers to give patients full and direct access to NPs and their outstanding patient-centered care," said AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP.
Nurse practitioners serve as primary, acute and specialty care providers across the country. They assess, order, perform and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests; make diagnoses; initiate and manage treatment; prescribe medications and nonpharmacologic treatments; and counsel patients, their families and communities.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 65,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. For more information, visit aanp.org. To locate a nurse practitioner in your area, visit npfinder.com.
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