The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) released new data showing that over 248,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are currently licensed to practice in the United States. This aligns with the recent 36% job growth projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which translates to an estimated 56,000 jobs by 2026.
This news follows the healthy optimism surrounding the NP profession as it was recently ranked number 4 on U.S. News’ annual 100 “Best Jobs” list for 2018. The strong career outlook is spurred by the severe shortage of healthcare professionals in the U.S. which necessitated the creation of the advanced practice nursing role in the mid-1960s.
AANP’s annual survey also shows that an estimated 77.8% of all NPs are utilized in primary care delivery and work in a variety of practice settings resulting in an estimated 1.02 billion patient visits by NPs in 2017 alone. The progression of the NP profession has increased access to quality patient care, making the future bright for nursing and healthcare in America as a whole.