AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States House of
Representatives recently honored the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
(AANP) and National Nurse Practitioner Week in a concurrent resolution
(HConRes500) introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R - Flower Mound).
"It is a great honor for nurse practitioners to be recognized by the
United States Congress. As the number of nurse practitioners increases, so
does public awareness of the significant contributions made by this group of
dedicated healthcare professionals," said Dr. Judith Dempster, executive
director of AANP. "Nurse practitioners have differentiated themselves from
other clinicians by focusing on the whole person when treating specific health
problems, as well as educating the patient on the effects those problems will
have on them."
More and more consumers are choosing nurse practitioners as their partner
in health because, in addition to providing high-quality primary, acute and
specialty healthcare, nurse practitioners empower patients to maintain and
improve their health by providing individualized and comprehensive health
education and counseling. Nurse practitioners focus on promoting health and
preventing disease, which can reduce healthcare cost for patients.
"Nurse practitioners fill a vital role in American's healthcare system.
There are over 106,000 nurse practitioners providing high-quality care around
the nation, and they are especially important in rural and underserved areas,"
said Congressman Burgess, a physician practicing in Lewisville, Tx. "I have
worked with nurse practitioners and certainly I learned a great deal more from
them than I was ever able to teach them."
The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the largest, full-service national
professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With
more than 17,500 individual members and 100 group members, AANP represents the
interests of approximately 90,000 nurse practitioners around the country.
AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as
providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized healthcare. For more
information about AANP, visit http://www.aanp.org .
Dir. Of Communications
SOURCE American Academy of Nurse Practitioners