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    National Nurse Practitioner Week Celebrates 50 Years of NPs

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Nov 12, 2015 12:35:22 PM

    npweekDid you know that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first nurse practitioner (NP) program? Or that today there are more than 200,000 licensed NPs in the United States? With so much to celebrate, join us in recognizing the importance of National Nurse Practitioner Week to raise awareness for all those who deliver patient-centered, accessible, and high-quality health care to millions nationwide.

    According to David Hebert, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP),

    “All across the country, nurse practitioners are serving as a lifeline for patients, many who would otherwise struggle to access care. It is our hope that these patients, as well as their families, employers and legislators, will join us in recognizing and honoring the national nurse practitioner community throughout this milestone 50th anniversary year.”

    In addition, AANP reports that:

    • An estimated 17,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2013-2014
    • 95.1% of NPs have graduate degrees
    • 96.8% of NPs maintain national certification
    • 86.5% of NPs are prepared in primary care
    • 84.9% of NPs see patients covered by Medicare and 83.9% by Medicaid
    • 44.8% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 15.2% have long term care privileges
    • 97.2% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 21 prescriptions per day

    Thank you to each and every NP who makes a difference every day! To find out more about Jones & Bartlett Learning resources for NPs, visit our website.

    Topics: AANP, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National NP Week, national nurse practitioner week, nurse practitioner, nursing, nursing practice

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