Number of Nurse Practitioners Hits New Record High

Today, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) released new data showing that more than 248,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) are currently licensed to practice in the United States.  This number has seen a substantial increase since 2007, when there were an estimated 120,000 NPs.  Patients are benefiting from the high quality, comprehensive, patient-centered health care services provided by NPs now more than ever before.

"This is an important milestone for patients as well as for NPs," said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, FAANP. "Provider shortages, especially in primary care, have become a growing concern, but the growth of the NP profession is addressing that concern head-on. Couple that with news that NPs conducted an estimated 1.02 billion patient visits last year alone, and it's easy to see why millions of Americans are making NPs their providers of choice." 
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