During Pandemic, Nurse Practitioners Prove They Go the Extra Mile to Provide Lifesaving Care
2021 National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrated November 7-13
Columbia, SC (11-10-2021) — Every day, nurse practitioners (NPs) are saving lives and improving the health of our friends and family. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has elevated awareness of how NPs are essential to our health care system. To honor their heroic efforts, communities nationwide are joining Columbia in 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,” which offers patients the opportunity to share their story about the positive difference an NP has made in their life.
NP Week 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, 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.
South Carolina and Georgia House Calls employ a team approach providing NPs in the field access to numerous specialists and resources for comprehensive patient care. In addition, specialty tools like remote patient monitoring and automated medication dispensing systems further enhance the patient experience. Our practitioners can address patient issues before they spiral out of control by seeing them more frequently and with better daily monitoring.
“NPs play a critical role in educating patients on ways to improve their mental and physical well-being,” said April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP- BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). “As our nation continues to face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 and works to eliminate health care disparities illuminated by this pandemic, NPs strengthen our ability to ensure patients have equitable access to high-quality care.”
SC House Calls is a network of nearly 250 medical professionals providing In-home medical house calls and Telehealth visits to Private Residences, Assisted Living Communities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. SC House Calls serves all 46 Counties of South Carolina. New patient registration, appointments, and 24-7 access to medical professionals is available through its Center for Telehealth @ 800-491-0909