November 9, 2015
HAPPY NURSE PRACTITIONER WEEK everyone! This year marks 50 years of Nurse Practitioner education and practice.
Back in 1965, Dr. Loretta Ford along with Dr. Henry Silver established the first NP program at the University of Colorado at Denver. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) reports more than 205,000 NPs practicing in the U.S today.
For more information, AANP has posted many excellent resources including what it is a nurse practitioner does and a toolkit for NP Week. They also have a historical timeline of the NP movement and a Television Spot on Nurse Practitioners (AANP, 2015).