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LETTER: Nurse practitioners in the spotlight

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The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased Nov.12-18 across the country to celebrate National NP Week. In Canada, this distinguished group of health care professionals numbering close to 5,000 strong with additional NP students graduating each year.

Events held in communities around the country will acquaint local citizens with the role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care and will highlight the value of choosing an NP as care provider.

NP practice offers a unique combination of nursing and health care service to patients. Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counselling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture.

In a population that is aging, with baby boomers becoming seniors in growing numbers over the next 10 years, having choices about health care providers will become even more important.

The Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island

(ARNPEI) has 27 licensed NPs on P.E.I. who work in a variety of work settings from primary care and family of all ages to oncology, mental health and long-term care.

Cynthia Bryanton,

ARNPEI President

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