Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!!!

screenshotI would be amiss if I did not recognize this wonderful celebration, since I am a newly minted Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse Practitioners Leading the Charge – YouTube.

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
provider crisis.
• All NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctorate degrees, as well as advanced education and
clinical training.
• 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
each year.

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%)

Sources:
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.

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