Happy Nurse Practitioner Week | The Change of Shift Podcast recap Ep 16


Nurse Practitioner Week 2015 was from November 8-14th this year. I thought it only appropriate that a Podcast hosted by two Nurse Practitioner’s host an episode talking about our profession.
I covered three topics during this episode:
  1. What is a Nurse Practitioner?
  2. Nurse Practitioners? Information and Statistics
  3. How do I become an NP?

I of course share my personal experiences regarding my decision about becoming an NP. I must warn you, this episode was fraught with technical issues. I velcro’d together three separate blab broadcasts in order to get this entire episode into one Podcast, so I apologize ahead of time.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Some highlights:

  • Nurse practitioners, also known as NPs, are expert clinicians with advanced training who provide
    primary, acute and specialty health care.
  • NPs offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.
  • 21 states and the District of Columbia have granted full practice authority to NPs, giving patients more
    direct access to the primary, acute and specialty care services that NPs provide.
  • NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests;
    diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and
    managing overall patient care.
  • There are more than 205,000 NPs practicing in America today, providing solutions to the health care
    provider crisis.
  • NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctorate degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical
  • NPs are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • There are more than 205,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
  • An estimated 17,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2013-2014
  • 95.1% of NPs have graduate degrees
  • 96.8% of NPs maintain national certification
  • 86.5% of NPs are prepared in primary care
  • 84.9% of NPs see patients covered by Medicare and 83.9% by Medicaid
  • 44.8% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 15.2% have long term care privileges
  • 97.2% of NPs prescribe medications, averaging 19 prescriptions per day
  • NPs hold prescriptive privilege in all 50 states and D.C., with controlled substances in 49
  • In 2015, the mean, full-time NP base salary was $97,083, with average full-time NP total income at $108,643
  • The majority (69.5%) of NPs see three or more patients per hour
  • Malpractice rates remain low; only 2% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case 

[All information and statistics provided by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)]

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