Number of Nurse Practitioners Hits New Record High
Data from AANP – March 2018
More than 248,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are currently licensed to practice in the United States. A 107% increase from 2007.
Patients are benefiting from the high quality, comprehensive, patient-centered health care services provided by NPs now more than ever.
There were 1.02 billion patient visits last year alone.
23,000 new NPs graduated from programs in the 2015 – 2016 academic year, up 3,000 graduates, or 15.5%, from the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
The latest data from AANP’s annual survey shows that 74.1% of the NP workforce worked full-time, 58.6% of full-time NPs worked overtime, and 35.4% of full-time NPs took evening and weekend on-call.
NPs work in a variety of settings, including private practice (25.5%), hospital outpatient clinics (12.8%), inpatient hospital units (10.3%), community health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers (8.2%), and emergency rooms/urgent care (5.9%).
An estimated 77.8% of all NPs deliver primary care.
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