Governor Bentley Signs NP Week Proclamation
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NURSE PRACTITIONERS JOIN IN NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF NP WEEK
The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) celebrated NP Week Nov. 13-19, 2011, a nationwide acknowledgement of the contributions that more than 148,000 NPs make to American healthcare each year.
In Alabama, the highlight of the week was a proclamation signing hosted by Governor Robert Bentley. Representing NPAA at the signing were NPs [from left] Robin Farrell, Joy Deupree, Carol Stewart, Grace Grau, Jean Ivey, Theresa Wadas. (See the attachment to this announcement)
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality health care services. More than 148,000 practicing NPs provide healthcare services across the United States. Close to 8,000 new NPs are prepared each year at more than 350 colleges and universities. NPs have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. More than 1,900 NPs provide care in Alabama but even more are needed. Most NPs are nationally certified in a specialty area and are recognized as expert health care providers. They practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which we are licensed. Nationally NPs provide more than 600 million patient visits annually.
The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama is the state association that has provided legislative advocacy, continuing education, and networking opportunities since 2006.
Serving this year as president for NPAA has been Richard Brown, MSN, CRNP, JD, FAANP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Hematology/Oncology and Neuro-Oncology and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program Coordinator, Children's of Alabama, UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Assuming the presidency of NPAA beginning in January will be Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, Specialty Track Coordinator Women’s Health, The School of Nursing at UAB.
You can find out more about NPs at www.alabamanp.com.