By the Staff Care team Nov 08, 2021
Nurse practitioner jobs have experienced tremendous growth over the
last several years, and healthcare workers across the nation are recognizing
these advanced practitioners and the quality care they provide during National
Nurse Practitioner Week (NP Week), Nov. 7-13, 2021.
Week is held annually to celebrate these exceptional healthcare providers and
to advocate for removing barriers to practice so NPs can practice to the full
extent of their experience and education, according to the American Association
of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
year’s theme, “NPs: Going the Extra Mile,” reflects on the contribution that
NPs make in every patient encounter, and for all they have done during the
am so proud of the 325,000 NPs in the U.S. who put their patients first, always
searching for opportunities to improve health outcomes,” said AANP President
April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, in a press statement. “Throughout
the many challenges of the pandemic, NPs have remained steadfast and committed
to the delivery of accessible, equitable, quality-driven, lifesaving care for
Care is pleased to highlight the work of nurse practitioners (NPs) during Nurse Practitioner Week and throughout
the year, and to thank them for the great care they provide.
things to celebrate about NPs
1. NPs are part of
the fastest growing healthcare profession. More than
325,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) currently hold licenses in the United States,
and 36,000 new NPs finished their academic programs in 2019-2020, according to
the latest fact sheet from AANP. These numbers represent a 58.6 percent increase
in licensed NPs in just the past six years, and an NP graduation rate that is
double that of the 2014-2015 academic year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that
jobs for nurse practitioners will continue to grow at an unprecedented rate,
expecting a 52 percent increase between 2020 and 2030.
2. Nurse practitioner
jobs rank among the best in the U.S. Nurse practitioner jobs were recently ranked No. 3
among the Best Jobs in America for 2021 by U.S. News
& World Report.
professions are selected for the
annual Best Jobs list based on a mix of factors, with nurse practitioner
salaries, future growth and a strong current job market among the most
3. NPs hold a
vital and unique role in healthcare. The AANPdescribes nurse practitioners as “clinicians who blend clinical expertise
with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management.” They
diagnose and treat millions of patients, order tests, prescribe medication, and
help patients manage chronic conditions. Nurse practitioners are recognized for
bringing a holistic and comprehensive perspective to healthcare, often built
upon their bedside experience as registered nurses. A higher percentage of NPs
can also be found caring for patients in underserved and rural areas compared
to physicians or physician assistants, according to recent research.
4. Nurse practitioners are well educated. As advanced practice nurses, all NPs must
complete a master's or doctoral degree program and have advanced clinical
training beyond their initial professional registered nurse (RN) preparation. A
recent study showed that as of 2018, 79.8 percent of advanced practice nurses
hold a master's as their highest degree and 14 percent hold a doctor of nursing
practice (DNP), noting that DNP programs continue to grow. These nationally
board-certified clinicians are also required to maintain continuing education
and state licensure.
practitioner jobs can be found across the healthcare spectrum. NPs work in all
areas of healthcare, from primary care to acute care, long-term care and a
variety of specialties. The most recent statistics from AANP show that 88.9 percent of NPs are
certified in an area of primary care, and 70.2 percent of all NPs deliver
primary care. Among full-time nurse practitioners, 42.5 percent hold hospital
privileges; 12.8 percent have long-term care privileges.
6. NPs offer high-quality, patient-centered care. A number of studies support the position that NPs provide care that
is safe, effective, patient centered, efficient, equitable and evidence based.
Some research has even found that patients under the care of NPs have fewer
unnecessary hospital readmissions, fewer potentially preventable
hospitalizations, higher patient satisfaction and fewer unnecessary emergency
room visits than patients under the care of physicians.
7. High demand for NPs leads to career options. The 2021
Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives by
Merritt Hawkins reported a strong demand for nurse practitioners, with the
profession representing the most requested specialty this past year. Nurse
practitioners can also choose from numerous part-time or full-time locum tenens
NP jobs in a variety of settings with staffing agencies like Staff Care.
2021 NP Week Resource Guide
Things to Know About Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner Jobs
Strong Demand for NursePractitioners Creating More Career Options
Staff Care has locum tenens jobs for nurse practitioners, physicians and
other advanced practice providers across the U.S.