November 13th - 19th is National Nurse Practitioner Week. According to AANP, Nurse Practitioners are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty healthcare services. They work as a partner with their patients, helping them make educated healthcare decisions and healthy lifestyle choices. In 1965, Loretta Ford, RN, and Henry Silver, MD, started the first Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Colorado. The training program concentrated on the prevention of diseases, and the promotion of health, particularly of families and children. Today, there are currently approximately 148,000 NPs practicing in America, providing cost-effective, patient-centric services to their patients. If you know a Nurse Practitioner, honor their contributions this week with a Medelita lab coat. Medelita lab coats are made from breathable, 100% cotton pre-shrunk DuPont™ certified performance fabric that repels fluid, soil, and stains, helping to maintain the bright white coat color that signifies prestige and professionalism.