Over many years, the nursing field has advanced as a profession. Its foundation in evidence-based care began two centuries ago in Italy during the Crimean War with Florence Nightingale, a nurse who took note that cleanliness and hygiene helped prevent infection.
Deciding to become a Family Nurse Practitioner is a rewarding career choice after having earned your Master of Science in Nursing. Those who find a career as a health care provider rewarding often feel a sense of duty in helping others, are able to put themselves in their patients’ shoes and have great reserves of dedication and compassion.
The United States is facing a primary care provider shortage. By 2030, the projected shortage of Primary Care Physicians is expected to reach as high as 49,300, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Primary care is the foundation of the U.S. health care system and a patient’s entry point to care delivery. Primary patient care helps improve quality, outcomes and the patient experience, while containing costs, reducing unnecessary utilization, and promoting efficient use of health care resources.
Although nurses are appreciated year-round, National Nurses Week is a widespread event celebrating the tremendous effort and contributions that nurses make daily to countless lives in their communities. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has supported and advocated for the nursing profession since 1896.