Join us in celebrating all the talented, compassionate, and highly skilled nurse practitioners (NPs) across the country because it's National NP Week!
As the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented, adding millions of uninsured patients to the health care system, and the mounting health care provider shortages top the national agenda, nurse practitioners have never been in greater demand-- or more crucial to our collective well-being.
According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP),
- There are more than 171,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) practicing in the U.S.
- An estimated 14,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2011-2012
- 93% of NPs have graduate degrees
- 97% of NPs maintain national certification
- 18% of NPs practice in rural or frontier settings
- 88% of NPs are prepared in primary care; 68% of NPs practice in at least one primary care site
- 87% of NPs see patients covered by Medicare and 84% by Medicaid
- 43% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 15% have long term care privileges
- 97.2% of NPs prescribe medications, averaging 19 prescriptions per day
- NPs hold prescriptive privilege in all 50 states and D.C., with controlled substances in 48
- The early-2011 mean, full-time NP base salary was $91,310, with average full-time NP total income $98,760
- 60% of NPs see three to four patients per hour; 7% see over five patients per hour
- Malpractice rates remain low; only 2% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case
- Average NP is female (96%) and 48 years old; she has been in practice for 12.8 years as a family NP (49%)