Commitment of Nurse Practitioners Amid Backdrop of COVID-19 Pandemic

April N. Kapu, President, American Association of Nurse Practitioners ® and certified acute care nurse practitioner (NP) discusses the purpose of National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 7-13, the dedication and commitment of NPs during the last year and a half treating COVID patients and how the role and responsibilities of NPs evolved during the pandemic. She talks about the nursing shortage and what can be/is being done to help draw new nurses and NPs into the profession. 

April N. Kapu is a certified acute care nurse practitioner who holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Over the past few years, she has served as associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a professor of clinical nursing and recently was appointed Associate Dean for Community and Clinical Partnerships for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

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