by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer
National Nurse Practitioner Week is celebrated Nov. 11-17 as a time to recognize the excellent health care provided by nurse practitioners (NPs) and also remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.
There are currently more than 155,000 nurse practitioners in the United States. They are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education and extensive clinical training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. Most NPs have their master’s and many have doctorate degrees.
The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program at Cedarville University prepares graduate nurse for advanced practice in nursing. The M.S.N. degree provides in-depth, professional and advanced practice study for nurses to expand their knowledge of health care delivery, clinical expertise, nursing leadership, use of evidence-based research, and academic scholarship grounded in biblical truth.
The M.S.N. program includes three areas of study, equipping nurses to serve as family nurse practitioners, global health ministry nurses and nurse educators.
Chu-Yu Huang, Ph.D., assistant dean of the School of Nursing and associate professor, said that Cedarville’s M.S.N. program emphasizes a biblical worldview and equips students with more than just the skills needed to become a nurse practitioner.
“This emphasis is evident in the design and implementation of the curriculum and faculty-student interactions. Students will also see how their relationships with God directly influence the care they provide” Huang said.
The confidence that patients have in nurse practitioners is seen by the more than 600 million visits made to these professionals each year. NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.