SDW news brief: Number of nurse practitioners expected to nearly double

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 3, 2012

The number of nurse practitioners (NP) is projected to increase from 128,000 in 2008 to 244,000 in 2025, according to an analysis published in the journal Medical Care. The author of the analysis notes that primary care will see the most noticeable increase in NPs providing patient care. Collaborative team-based models depend more on NPs and physicians assistants than traditional healthcare models, contributing to the anticipated increase.

The training for an NP involves less time than that of a physician, meaning that NPs can begin providing care much sooner than a physician in a collaborative care model. The author of the analysis also speculated that average nurse practitioner salary, which was approximately $90,000 in 2011, may cause more people to seek careers as NPs.

Source: American Medical News

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