HaysMed Celebrates 2021 National Nurse Practitioner Week November 7-13
Hays, KS Every day, nurse practitioners (NPs) are saving lives and improving the health of our friends and family. To honor their efforts, hospitals nationwide are recognizing the critical role of NPs as part of the annual National Nurse Practitioner Week (NP Week) celebration, held November 7-13 this year.
NPs provide a wide range of care to America’s patients in more than 1 billion visits annually. This year, the NP Week theme is “NPs: Going the Extra Mile,” recognizes the contributions more than 325,000 licensed NPs make to the health of patients nationwide. These health care professionals practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country — wherever patients are in need — and continue to provide front-line care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment, including prescribing medications. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs are the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans.
“NPs play a critical role in treating patients,” said Terry Siek, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care. “They play a key role in strengthening our ability to ensure patients have access to high-quality care.”
HaysMed employs 26 NPs at the hospital and clinics.