Here are some wonderful facts about NPs courtesy of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP):
• Nurse practitioners, also known as NPs, are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide
primary, acute and specialty health care.
• NPs offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.
• NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests;
diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and
managing overall patient care.
• There are MORE THAN 171,000 NPS PRACTICING IN AMERICA TODAY, providing solutions to the health care
• All NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctorate degrees, as well as advanced education and
• NPs are licensed and can prescribe medicine in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
• Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital
stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
• More than 14,000 graduates were prepared as NPs during the 2011-2012 school year.
• NPs support Million Hearts®, a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human
Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes (two leading causes of death) by 2017.
• NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping
patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices.
• The confidence patients have in NPs is demonstrated by the more than 916 million visits made to NPs
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
• 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%)
2012 AANP Sample Survey
Fang, D., Li, Y., Bednash, G.D. (2013) 2012-2013 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs
in Nursing. Washington DC: AACN.
AANP National NP Database, 2010-2011
2011 AANP National NP Compensation Survey
2010 AANP National Practice Site Survey
2009 AANP Membership Survey
2009-2010 AANP NP Sample Survey
All information courtesy of the AANP website www.aanp.org.
I couldn’t be more proud to part of such an amazing profession.