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News from Kalispell Regional Healthcare

POLSON - As newly insured patients seek access to health care, it is important that the public be aware that there are more than 192,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients nationwide. NPs are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have masters and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical preparation who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. 

In addition to providing a full range of services, NPs work as partners with their patients, guiding them to make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices. The confidence that patients have in NP delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 916 million visits made to NPs every year. National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 9-15, is a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers.

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