The Nurse Practitioner MovementOctober 7th, 2011 0 Min read Blog
Did you get a chance to read the recent article on CNN.com around the history of nurse practitioners? The article, "Nurse Practitioners were Lone Rangers," specifically covers where the nurse practitioner concept originated and how it is impacting today's delivery of healthcare. Working in healthcare staffing allows me to interact with nurse practitioners every day. It's amazing to read the article and better understand the drastic changes that have occurred in the nursing world -- and how much founder Ms. Loretta Ford was able to help influence and advance what a nurse practitioner can do in a clinical setting. Today, nurse practitioners can operate independently in 16 states and DC. There are more than 140,000 nurse practitioners working in the United States and more than 6 million visits to nurse practitioners every year. Ford, 90, was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame over the weekend. Join me in congratulating Loretta Ford and thanking her for co-founding the nurse practitioner movement. Read the full article.