Honor our nurse practitioners during national Nurse Practitioner Week
Nov. 11, 2013 College News - Nurse Practitioner Week is being celebrated from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15. It is the perfect time for the MCW community to recognize the many contributions of MCW’s 228 nurse practitioners (NPs) who are employed across Medical College Physicians and Children’s Specialty Group. Many of our faculty also works with NPs employed by our affiliate partners – Froedtert Health, Children’s Medical Group and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
NPs support all of the missions of the College – patient care, education, research and community engagement. In their clinical role, they work across all environments of care including inpatient and outpatient settings, the emergency department, and in the community.
A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed graduate-level education (either a Master of nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree). Nurse practitioners treat both physical and psychosocial conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests. NPs can then diagnose certain diseases and provide appropriate treatment for the patients, including prescribing medications. Our NPs are an integral part of the patient’s healthcare team, but they can serve as a patient's primary health care provider and see patients of all ages depending on their specialty training and certification.
In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research, teach medical and non-medical learners and engage in community health advocacy activities. To become certified/licensed to practice, NPs hold national board certification in an area of specialty (such as family, women's health, pediatrics, adult, acute care, etc.), and are licensed through the state nursing boards.