Nurse Practitioner Field Is Booming

According to a statement from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the number of nurse practitioners (NPs) has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, increasing from 106,000 to 205,000 as of December 31, 2014. During the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 15,000 students graduated from nurse practitioner programs. According to the President of AANP, the growth of nurse practitioners is directly linked to the nation’s “skyrocketing demand for high-quality, accessible care.” The challenge now will be “rightsizing state and federal laws” so that patients will have full and direct access to nurse practitioners.

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