Nurse practitioners play a critical role in extending access to health care by providing a range of primary and specialty care services. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted the 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners to provide accurate national estimates of the nurse practitioner workforce and to profile their education, certification, and practice patterns.
There were an estimated 154,000 licensed nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States in 2012. Of these, more than 132,000 worked in a position requiring a nurse practitioner credential (the NP workforce). Within the NP workforce, about 127,000 NPs were providing patient care, and nearly half of NPs in patient care (60,407) were working in primary care practices or facilities. Approximately 22,000 licensed NPs were not working in an NP position at the time of the survey; of these, approximately 11,000 were working as RNs.
Allied and Direct Clinical Care Projections (Winter 2014)
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Oral Health Projections (Winter 2015)
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