National Nurse Practitioner Week is November 9-14

It’s National Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers!

What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse with master’s, post-master’s, or doctoral level education. The NP is a health care provider who delivers direct primary or specialty care to patients and families in a variety of settings. They provide high quality, cost-effective care that results in a high level of patient satisfaction.

Nurse practitioners are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America. 

How can I support our Nurse Practitioners?
If you are visiting one of our clinics, be sure to thank them for their hard work! It is also important to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NP’s are allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.

How do I become a Nurse Practitioner?
Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing has numerous nurse practitioner full-time faculty and clinical preceptors across the state. They deliver skilled and up-to-date instruction based on their experiences in a variety of clinical specialties and facilities.

For each of the specialties listed above, you can enter with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and exit with a master of nursing degree. For all of these specialties you can also enter with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and exit with the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

Applicants with an existing advanced practice license can achieve a post-master’s certificate in nurse-midwifery, psychiatric mental health or family nurse practice.

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Christi Richardson is the Web and Communications Specialist for the OHSU School of Nursing. She manages the School’s newsletter, maintains the website and manages all social media and communications.