It’s National Nurse Practitioner Week!

It’s National Nurse Practitioner Week! Warmest of greetings to you!  I must say, recognition is nice, but I love this week because it is a time to celebrate the contributions all NP’s make to the healthcare field. And most importantly, in the lives of our patients.

In the Ahwatukee & Chandler area alone, there are 37  NP’s ready to assess and treat your needs. I encourage you to check out your choices outlined in the ad by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in this week’s AFN.  It is an honor for my name to appear alongside theirs!

Why Seek the Care of A Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

In the column I wrote for the AFN , I outline some of the reasons people seek expert medical care from NP’s. I think my tagline says it all – Expert Medical Care, with a Nurse’s Touch. NP’s treat patients through the lens of their humanity, not just their symptoms.  We listen.  Let me say that again –

We listen.

In our frenzied world, it is a gift we give our patients.  Our time.  We offer it generously because we know asking the right questions helps us to expertly assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a range of medical issues.  NP’s consider how all aspects of your life contribute to your wellness – including your work, relationships, lifestyle, and family issues.

But don’t just take my word for it.  Check out what others have to say about why they seek medical care from a Nurse Practitioner:

“Attentive, patient and caring…words I would use to describe Agnes. I never feel rushed when I’m in her care. I feel like she hears AND listens! Getting an appointment in a timely manner is important with a busy schedule. Unlike the traditional doctor’s office, when you make an appointment, there is no waiting…”

-Traci Tartaglio, Ahwatukee

“… I never feel like I have to say what I need to say in 10 minutes or even less.  I always know that I am being heard. I feel I am a patient and not a chart number. I have been able to come in at the very last moment when it was deemed urgent to see someone but not urgent enough for an ER. I never feel that I am being treated as text book but as an Individual.”

-Jill Dumont-Scott

Get the Facts:  NP’s offer Clinical Expertise

According to the AANP, 88% of NP’s hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree.  Nurse Practitioners offer patient centered care, and are able to perform the following:

  • Order & interpret blood tests and radiology exams
  • Treat chronic conditions such as Diabetes
  • Prescribe medications
  • Perform well-woman and other preventative care

Studies have shown that care provided by Nurse Practitioners is equivalent to – and sometimes surpasses – the care patients receive at a doctor’s office.  In the coming years, as the demand for medical care is likely to exceed resources, NP’s will fill this gap by providing excellent care for individuals, families and seniors.  Their contributions are about to multiply, and I’m so proud to serve alongside so many gifted NP’s.

So – have I convinced you to see a Nurse Practitioner the next time you need medical care?  Give one of us a call.  You’ve got nothing to lose, but you’ll gain valuable time you would have spent in a waiting room!

Cheers to your Good Health,