Nurse practitioners positioned to positively impact CRC screening — 3 insights

With a rapidly growing presence in the U.S., nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to promote colorectal cancer screening in rural settings, according to AJMC.

Here's what you should know:

1. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners said the number of licensed nurse practitioners has doubled since 2007 to nearly 250,000. In rural areas, nurse practitioners make up 25 percent of available providers.

2. Because of their proximity to rural healthcare, nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to lead the way in promoting preventative health strategies, like those for colorectal cancer.

3. AANP recently conducted a survey to gauge nurse practitioners' CRC screening knowledge and compliance. About 91 percent of respondents eligible for screening had been screened. Of respondents under age 50, 93 percent said they would get screened once they turned 50.

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