November 13-19, 2016: Nurse Practitioner Week

WHEREAS, there are more than 222,000 licensed nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States with over 6,000 of them practicing in the state of Michigan. They provide primary, acute and specialty care services to patients of all ages and walks of life; and,

WHEREAS, NPs have graduate, advanced clinical education, national board certification, and training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation; and,

WHEREAS, NPs diagnose, treat and prescribe medications and other treatments to patients through a caring, patient-centered, holistic model of care; and, 

WHEREAS, citizens of our state and nation have great trust in the high-quality care nurse practitioners provide, resulting in more than 870 million patient visits annually to NPs across the country; and,

WHEREAS, five decades of research demonstrates the high quality of care provided by nurse practitioners; and,

WHEREAS, 21 states and the District of Columbia have implemented full practice authority to NPs, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care providers; and,

WHEREAS, better utilization of nurse practitioners through modernized state laws and improved system policies creates a more accessible, efficient, cost-effective and higher quality health care system; and, 

WHEREAS, NPs are truly partners in the health care of their patients, so that 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 13-19, 2016 as Nurse Practitioner Week in Michigan.