Executive Judge Steve Tribble, on behalf of himself and Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch, officially proclaimed National Nurse Practitioner Week in Christian County and Hopkinsville in a small ceremony Wednesday afternoon in Christian County Tax Court Chambers. Jennie Stuart Health spokesperson Chris Jung said the proclamation was read and presented to Ms. Helen Cayce and a small group of local nurse practitioners who were on hand for the proclamation.
Jung says that, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), this week of celebration – observed this year from November 13 to 19 – is held annually to celebrate these exceptional healthcare providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing obsolete obstacles. nurse practitioners will therefore be authorized to practice to the full extent of their experience and training.
This year the theme of #NPWeek is “NPs: Going the Extra Mile”. For more than half a century, Jung says nurse practitioners have done just that – leading the charge to reduce health disparities and ensure that high quality, people-centered health care is readily available to people. people in communities nationwide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse practitioners have been on the front lines, leading efforts to test, diagnose and treat patients and to prevent the spread of the virus.
The President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) ®, April N. Kapu, says nurse practitioners play a vital role in educating patients on ways to improve their mental and physical well-being. She went on to say that as our country continues to face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and strives to eliminate the health care disparities informed by this pandemic, nurse practitioners are strengthening our capacity to guarantee patients equitable access to high quality care.