Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week

It's National Nurse Practitioner Week. So happy NNPW to any nurse practitioners related to me! You know who you are. But in case you don't know what you do, here are some facts about the 125,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States and a press release from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

"Do you know where to turn when your child is sick? When you’re planning a family? For
health education? When your parents need care? Turn to a nurse practitioner. An NP
diagnoses, treats, prescribes and manages medications and treatments and provides a
wide range of preventive and acute healthcare services to individuals of all ages."

My sister should have mixed feelings about the event. She should be excited (and proud) it's National Nurse Practitioner Week and that they put an Asian-American on the NNPW poster.

And yet she should be sad that the best promotional item nurse practitioners can come up with for the celebration is an "I'm an NP Fan" fan. Soooo tacky. I'm going to assume NPs are way too busy taking care of people of all ages to spend any real time thinking about swag.

1 comment:

LissyJo said...

Yeah, the fan is sort of lame. I'm not exactly sure why NPs get a different week than nurses. All NPs are nurses, afterall. I didn't even know it was NP week until yesterday!