Who are Nurse Practitioners?
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP 2016), nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), NPs often specialize by patient population, including pediatric, adult-gerontological, and women’s health.
NPs may also subspecialize in areas such as dermatology, cardiovascular health, and oncology.
Created in 1965, the role of the NP has been steadily evolving. These professionals typically need at least a master’s degree to practice.
Americans make over 916 million visits to NPs annually, and with record levels of people getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), opportunities in healthcare professions are on the rise.
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