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Frequently Asked Questions Why Choose A Nurse Practitioner as your Healthcare Provider?
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Use of Terms Such as Mid-Level Provider and Physician Extender

The use of terms such as “mid-level provider” and “physician extender” in reference to nurse practitioners (NPs) individually or to an aggregate inclusive of NPs is inaccurate and misleading. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) opposes the use of these terms and calls on employers, policymakers, health care professionals and other parties to refer to […]

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Standards of Practice for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, independent practitioners who practice autonomously and in coordination with health care professionals and other individuals. They provide primary and/or specialty nursing and medical care in ambulatory, acute, and long-term care settings. NPs are registered nurses with specialized, advanced education and clinical practice competency to provide health care for diverse populations […]

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Standards for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Retail-Based Clinics

It is the position of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) that primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) can play a significant role in making retail-based clinics (also known as convenient care clinics) a viable health care option to patients who might not otherwise receive needed care in a timely manner. To do this, a number […]

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Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) practice in nearly every health care setting including clinics, hospitals, Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Care facilities, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices (both managed and owned by NPs), nursing homes, schools, colleges, retail clinics, public health departments, nurse managed clinics, homeless clinics, and home health. NP practice […]

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Position Statement on Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Privilege

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) advocates that all nurse practitioners (NPs) have full prescriptive authority and dispensing privileges based on their education, training, licensure, and certification. Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) have completed a formal educational program in pediatric health care and have met their state board’s regulations that govern advanced practice nursing […]

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Position Statement on Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

You instinctively advocate for your patients, but legislative and political advocacy is no less important to advancing your role as an NP and ensuring excellence in patient care. Position statements and papers are designed to guide and amplify the views of NPs while educating consumers and decision-makers. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) has outlined […]

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Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care

With 89 percent of the nurse practitioner (NP) population prepared in primary care and more than 75 percent of actively practicing NPs providing primary care, NPs are a vital part of the U.S. primary care workforce. Evidence supports the high quality and cost effectiveness of NP care and the continued interest of the discipline to […]

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Clinical Outcomes: The Yardstick of Educational Effectiveness

The safety and quality of nurse practitioner (NP) competency-based education has consistently been demonstrated through more than 40 years of patient care research. The yardstick of educational effectiveness should be based on patient outcomes. Educational preparation for physicians and NPs does differ. Although different, there is no evidence to suggest one is superior to the […]

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Recognizing Nursing’s Independent License: Prescriptive Authority for APNs

A landmark study, published in the Yale Journal on Regulation by Yale Law School Dean Barbara J. Safriet, addresses the cost effectiveness and quality of advanced practice nurses: “Since the productivity of [APNs] has been demonstrated by the fact that they can provide equal care for a full range of health services traditionally provided by […]

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