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 234,000 NPs licensed to practice in America today, providing solutions to the health care provider crisis.
- NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctoral degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training.
There are more than 234,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
- An estimated 23,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2015-2016
- 97.7% of NPs have graduate degrees
- 89.2% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care
- Nearly three in four NPs are accepting new Medicare patients, and 77.9% are accepting new Medicaid patients
- 49.9% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 11.3% have long term care privileges
- 95.8% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 23 prescriptions per day
- NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.
- Nurse practitioners have been in practice an average of 11 years