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WHEREAS, nurse practitioners (NPs) serve as trusted front line providers of healthcare for patients in the Silver State; and

WHEREAS, NPs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have advanced clinical education and training, building upon their initial registered nurse preparation; and

WHEREAS, there are 234,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States, and 1,415 in Nevada, providing primary, acute and specialty care to patients; and

WHEREAS, nurse practitioners diagnose, treat and prescribe medications and other treatments to patients through a caring, patient-centered, holistic model of care; and

WHEREAS, citizens have great trust in the high-quality care nurse practitioners provide, resulting in more than a billion patient visits annually to NPs across the country; and

WHEREAS,  five decades of research demonstrate the high quality of care provided by nurse practitioners; and

WHEREAS, utilization of nurse practitioners through modernized state laws and improved system policies creates better health through a more accessible, efficient, cost-effective and higher quality health care system; and

WHEREAS, Nevada is proud to recognize and honor nurse practitioners for their continuous contributions to the health and well-being of the citizens in our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  the week of November 12 - 18, 2017 as

 Nurse Practitioner Week in Nevada


 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Wayne Thorley