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Nurse Practitioners Week - November 10-16

October 30, 2019

Pdf of proclamation


Whereas, nurse practitioners (NPs) serve as trusted frontline health care providers for North Dakota patients, and  North  Dakota is proud to recognize  and  honor the  service of NPs to our state; and


Whereas, NPs are highly skilled practitioners with advanced education and clinical training building upon their initial registered nurse  preparation;and


Whereas, there are more than 270,000 licensed NPs in the United States, and 1,2 10 in North Dakota providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients of all ages and walks of life; and


Whereas, in addition to diagnosing and treating acute  and  chronic  conditions, NPs  focus on health promotion, disease prevention and  health  education  and  counseling,  guiding patients  to  make  smarter  health and  lifestyle  choices; and


Whereas, the confidence that  patients  have in NP-delivered  health care  is evidenced  by the  more than l billion annual patient visits made to NPs across the country; and more than five decades of research demonstrates the high quality of care provided by NPs; and


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


Whereas, 25 states and U.S. territories, including North Dakota, have implemented Full Practice Authority for NPs, granting patients full and direct access to the outstanding care offered by these health care providers; and


Whereas, leading governmental and policy entities including the National Academy of Medicine, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, National Governors Association and Federal Trade Commission have taken notice of the benefits of NP Full Practice Authority and have endorsed such a regulatory model.


Now, therefore, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim November l0-16, 2019,Nurse Practitioners Week in the State of North Dakota.


Doug Bergum

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