It’s NP week: Show your appreciation

By Chris Slone -



Everyone needs to feel appreciated. More often than not, it’s just easier to take people for granted — especially the people we depend on everyday.

But do you ever stop to examine your life? If you’re hungry, who prepared your food? Even if it was store bought, someone worked to make sure it was available. If it was fast food, a person took your order and another individual prepared said order — despite the weird or outrageous request you might have made. If you’re married, like I am, well then you know who prepared your food.

In almost every aspect of your life, you are receiving assistance without even realizing it and chances are, you probably aren’t showing your appreciation.

The same goes when you’re sick and chances are — like most of us — you’re unbearable when your feeling ill. Well, that’s the time to really show your appreciation. And to that affect, this week (Nov. 12-18) is nurse practitioner appreciation week.

Let’s face it, most of us are seeing nurse practitioners on a regular basis. In fact, I don’t even have a primary care doctor. My primary care provider is a nurse practitioner and she does a wonderful job. I wouldn’t even consider switching to a physician at this point.

I’m not the only one to recognize the importance of nurse practitioners. The Scioto County Commissioners took time during Tuesday’s meeting to show their appreciation as well.

“I don’t know what we would do without them,” Scioto County Commissioner Cathy Coleman said. “They’re overworked and underpaid. They do the same job basically as the MD. I just truly appreciate everything they do. What would we do without them?”

I ask my self that same question everyday — what would we do without them?

Oh, did I mention I am married to a beautiful and very talented nurse practitioner? I seriously don’t know what I would do without her. She runs our entire house, which includes a 6 year old and 2 year old, while also treating complex patients everyday. She’s definitely the smartest person I know — smarter than me, and according to my co-workers, nicer as well.

According to Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree, nurse practitioners are some of the most pleasant and hard working individuals.

“You’ve got to respect nurse practitioners because right now, I think they are probably doing 80-90 percent of the work of most of the doctors in the clinics,” Crabtree said. ” … I would give them a big hoo-ha. They’re good people. At that early stage in their career, they’re there to help the people and they’re not thinking about that next Mercedes Benz, like the big dogs are. I’m not saying that to knock the doctors, but the reality is what it is …”

The Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis is also grateful for nurse practitioners.

“I thank God for them because there are times I’ve needed seen right away and they were there,” Davis said.

So, as we race through our busy lives, let’s take a moment to pause this week and appreciate the very people who help us maintain our health and well being. After all, you seriously don’t want to make the one person mad that has the ability to adjust your medication levels.


By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.