National Nurse Practitioner Week – Nov. 11 – 17

Hunt School of Nursing Celebrates Contributions of Nurse Practitioners

National Nurse Practitioner Week

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is celebrating more than 50 years of practice during National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week, Nov. 11-17. This distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 248,000 strong, with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year.

The Hunt School of Nursing at Gardner-Webb University graduated its first class of NPs in the spring of 2015 and now has 121 alumni of the GWU Family Nurse Practitioner program who are serving throughout rural North and South Carolina.

“Educating Nurse Practitioners in the community of faith and learning at Gardner-Webb prepares our graduates to care for the health of the whole person,” observed Dr. Anna S. Hamrick, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the NP program. “Our NP students have opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom by working with live patient actors in simulation and in real world clinical practicums under the guidance of preceptors.”

Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counseling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture. “Patients repeatedly report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive from Nurse Practitioners,” affirmed Hamrick, who maintains her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner with Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County, N.C.

Learn more about the Family Nurse Practitioner program at GWU