Every day, nurse practitioners (NPs) are saving lives and improving the health of our friends and family. This includes our fantastic nurse practitioners who are a part of the Healthy Connections Community Health Network.

To honor their efforts, Healthy Connections, Inc., and Evolve Behavioral Health and Medication Management are joining healthcare organizations across the country in celebrating National Nurse Practitioner Week.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) provide a wide range of care to America’s patients in more than 1 billion visits annually. This year, the NP Week theme is “NPs: Going the Extra Mile,” which offers patients the opportunity to share their stories about the positive difference an NP has made in their life. NP Week recognizes the contributions more than 325,000 licensed NPs make to the health of patients nationwide.

At Healthy Connections, our nurse practitioners work in primary care, specialty services, and behavioral health. Nurse practitioners are part of our provider team at all of our clinics across central and western Arkansas.

Across the country, nurse practitioners have become important in bridging the healthcare gaps that have left many without care over the years. These clinicians, who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, play a critical role in educating patients on ways to improve their mental and physical well-being.  Nurse practitioners assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses, and provide treatment, including prescribing medications.

Find a Healthy Connections nurse practitioner by visiting https://healthy-connections.org/providers. Call 888-710-8220 for appointments.

To learn more about nurse practitioners nationwide, visit www.wechoosenps.org.