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National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 7-13

November 10, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States House of Representatives recently honored the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and National Nurse Practitioner Week in a concurrent resolution (HConRes500) introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R - Flower Mound).

"It is a great honor for nurse practitioners to be recognized by the United States Congress. As the number of nurse practitioners increases, so does public awareness of the significant contributions made by this group of dedicated healthcare professionals," said Dr. Judith Dempster, executive director of AANP. "Nurse practitioners have differentiated themselves from other clinicians by focusing on the whole person when treating specific health problems, as well as educating the patient on the effects those problems will have on them." More and more consumers are choosing nurse practitioners as their partner in health because, in addition to providing high-quality primary, acute and specialty healthcare, nurse practitioners empower patients to maintain and improve their health by providing individualized and comprehensive health education and counseling. Nurse practitioners focus on promoting health and preventing disease, which can reduce healthcare cost for patients.

"Nurse practitioners fill a vital role in American's healthcare system. There are over 106,000 nurse practitioners providing high-quality care around the nation, and they are especially important in rural and underserved areas," said Congressman Burgess, a physician practicing in Lewisville, Tx. "I have worked with nurse practitioners and certainly I learned a great deal more from them than I was ever able to teach them."

About AANP The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the largest, full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With more than 17,500 individual members and 100 group members, AANP represents the interests of approximately 90,000 nurse practitioners around the country.

AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized healthcare. For more information about AANP, visit .

AANP: 504 Contact: Nancy McMurrey Dir. Of Communications (512) 276-5906