• Recognize and support the roles of nurse practitioners and nurses as they continue to evolve, particularly concerning prescribing, patient counseling, and medication adherence.
  • To act as a conduit for focused dissemination of information from pharmaceutical companies about disease and appropriate pharmaceutical use to address the needs of nurses and nurse practitioners involved in patient care.

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Did You Know?

  • 96.5% of nurse practitioners prescribe and write an average of 19 prescriptions a day1
  • Nurse practitioners serve as primary and specialty care providers, providing a blend of nursing and health care services to patients and families.2
  • Nurse practitioners are reimbursed for patient care and were granted Medicare provider status in 1997 2
  • Nurse practitioners accept and sign for samples 2
  • Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat disease 2
  • Nurse practitioners support compliance with clinical practice3 
  • Nurse practitioners support diabetes guidelines processes more than PAs or MDs4
  • Nurse practitioners practice independently or in collaboration with physicians in all 50 states, but varies significantly from state to state5
  • Nurse practitioners affect medication adherence
    • Through disease management programs in blood coagulation clinics6
    • Through patient call programs in community practice settings7     
    • In chronic cardiovascular disease8
    • Through rheumatology clinical nurse specialist consultation, reporting high patient satisfaction9
  • Nurse practitioners improve patient outcomes through nurse-led multidisciplinary teams
    • Resulting in improved QOL and medication adherence in patients with intermittent claudication10 
    • Reporting significantly fewer deaths after 4.5 years in nurse-led clinics, than in the original intervention group and a trend toward fewer coronary events (for example, coronary deaths and non-fatal myocardial infarctions).11 
  • Nurse practitioners meet patients’ needs in a variety of primary care, acute care and specialty care settings12
  • Nurse practitioners meet patients’ needs in a variety of primary care, acute care and specialty care settings13
  • Patients report high satisfaction with nurse practitioner primary care compared to MD primary care14
  • 280 Nurse Practitioners are independent clinicians with their own practice15
    • This number is higher when you consider those NPs who practice within many long-term care settings where NPs are often the only prescriber on site
    • The Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation program has progressed toward an Advanced Practice Nurse-managed clinic for the past 5 years.16
  • In a randomized trial of 1368 patients in a comparison of patients seeing NP’s or MD’s in 10 general practices17
    • Generally, patients consulting nurse practitioners were significantly more satisfied with their care
    • The number of prescriptions issued, investigations ordered, referrals to secondary care, and reattendances were similar between the two groups.
    • Patients managed by nurse practitioners reported receiving significantly more information about their illnesses and, in all but one practice, their consultations were significantly longer.


1 AANP Member data,

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

3 Gracias et al. Critical Care Nurse Practitioners Improve Compliance with Clinical Practice Guidelines in “Semiclosed” Surgical Intensive Care Unit. J Nurs Care Qual     2008;23(4)338-344

4 Ohman-Strickland P et al . Quality of Diabetes Care in Family Medicine Practices Influence of Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. Ann Fam Med 2008;6:14-22

5 Pearson LJ. The Pearson Report AmJNursPract 2009;13(2)4-82

6 Huber C. et al. A Tool to Assess Compliance in Anticoagulation Management. AHRQ grant 2008

7 Cook et al. Telephone Counseling to Improve Osteoporosis Treatment Adherence: An Effectiveness Study in Community Practice Settings. Am J Med Quality;2007;22;445

8 Albert. Improving Medication Adherence in Chronic Cardiovascular Disease. Crit Care Nurse 2008;28:54-64

9 Homer et al. Providing patients with information about disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs: Individually or in groups? A pilot randomized controlled trial comparing adherence and satisfaction. Musco Care online 15Sep2008

10 Hatfield et al. Nurse-led risk assessment/management clinics reduce predicted cardiac morbidity and mortality in claudicants. J VascNurs 2008;26(4)118-122

11 Murchie,P et al.  Running nurse-led secondary prevention clinics for coronary heart disease in primary care: qualitative study of health professionals' perspectives. Br J Gen Pract 2005; 55(516): 522–528

14 Horrocks S et al. Systematic Review of Whether Nurse Practitioners Working in primary Care Can Provide Equivalent Care to Doctors. BMJ 2002;324:819-23

15 Personal communication

16 Gambino, Katherine K  et al. Transition Toward a Nurse Practitioner-Managed Clinic; The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: March/April 2009;24(2)pp 132-139

17 Kinnersley, P. et al. Randomised controlled trial of nurse practitioner versus general practitioner care for patients requesting "same day" consultations in primary care; BMJ 2000; 320:1043-1048

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