LMU Celebrating National Nurse Practitioner Week

Nurse Practitioner

The Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing (LMU-CSON) joins the nationwide celebration of the critical role of Nurse Practitioners (NP) during National Nurse Practitioner Week (NP Week), beginning November 8, 2020. The theme for this year’s celebration is “NPs Moving Forward: Today. Tomorrow. Together.” 

The 2020 commemoration occurs as NPs combat COVID-19 and the nursing community celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

“Patients choose high-quality, NP-provided care in more than a billion visits each year,” said Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). “As our nation faces the challenges of COVID-19, providing health care access to aging Americans, rising health care costs and the growing burden of chronic disease, NPs bring strength to the health care workforce and maximize our health care system’s potential.”

NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment — including prescribing medications. NPs practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs offer a comprehensive perspective to health care. They are the health care providers of choice for millions of people.

The LMU-CSON introduced the Master of Science in Nursing program in 2006 with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration offered on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. In 2011, MSN program expanded to include a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) concentration, offering it at the LMU-Cedar Bluff off campus site. Today, LMU-CSON offers the FNP concentration in Harrogate, Knoxville and Kingsport, Tennessee. Since 2006 more than 500 NPs have graduated from LMU-CSON and now serve in communities throughout Appalachia and beyond. The University is planning to offer both the FNP and FPMHNP concentrations completely online in 2021.

In celebration of NP Week, LMU will be highlighting its NP alumni in social media and profiling current students. “The LMU-CSON has excellent NP alumni who are highly qualified and competent as FNPs and FPMHNPs,” said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, vice president and dean of the LMU-CSON. “These NPs are delivering patient care to individuals and their families, not just in the LMU service areas, but beyond in many other regions.  I commend the faculty commitment to educating both these past outstanding graduate alumni and the current students, especially with the additional challenges nurses face due to COVID-19.”

To help patients better protect their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, AANP launched npscombatcovid.org, which includes a wealth of health care resources and information, including how to locate an NP near you. During NP Week, please watch for NPs Combat COVID television commercials and digital ads to learn more about the NP role or visit wechoosenps.org to learn why an NP might be the right health care provider for you and your family.

Enrollment in the LMU-CSON has increased exponentially over the last decade with the addition of new programs and concentrations. The LMU-CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals including an Licensed Practical Nurse-Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentrations including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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