Nurse Practitioner Week, November 10 - 16, 2019
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NP’s provide care in both primary and acute care settings including rural, remote and urban centers. The NP role was established in British Columbia in 2005, however it has existed for over 50 years in other North American jurisdictions and the United Kingdom. There has been extensive research regarding the contributions of NPs to patient care in a variety of practice settings. Studies from multiple jurisdictions have consistently shown that patients are very satisfied with NP services.
Studies also show that patient outcomes are either the same, or improved, when NPs participate in patient care. Some examples of the positive effects associated with NP involvement include shorter length of hospital stay, improved compliance with clinical practice guidelines, better coordination of patient care, lower rates of clinical complications, lower mortality rates and improved interprofessional team collaboration.
While we celebrate NP contributions to health care every day, this week provides us with an opportunity to say an extra special thank you to NPs!