Whereas serving as trusted frontline providers of health care for patients, nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses with clinical education and training beyond their initial registered nurse preparation; and
Whereas in the United States, more than 325,000 licensed NPs are an essential part of the solution to health care, and work in a wide variety of settings to deliver primary, acute and specialty care through a caring, patient-centered, holistic model of care; and
Whereas as clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care; and
Whereas NPs are working tirelessly to diagnose and treat patients with COVID-19 and to combat community spread nationwide, while grieving NP colleagues who have lost their lives during the pandemic; and
Whereas National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers, and it is therefore fitting that we recognize the high quality of care provided by nurse practitioners;
Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim November 7-13 2021 in Pasadena as National Nurse Practitioner Week.