Among the many exciting moments at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) conference last month was the announcement that more than 222,000 nurse practitioners are now licensed in the United States.
The information was relayed by AANP president Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, during the opening session-not long after she kicked off the event by singing the national anthem. (I have known for years that NPs are multitalented!)
Cooke summarized highlights of the 2016 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey conducted by AANP, which found that nearly 7,000 nurse practitioners are practicing in settings dedicated to caring for those who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. military.
Approximately 15% of the nurse practitioner workforce is practicing in communities with fewer than 10,000 people-including 11,000 nurse practitioners who practice in communities with less than 2,500 people. The survey also found that an average of 1 of every 15 patients seen by NPs receives charitable care.
"The 2016 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey confirms that nurse practitioners, with their broad skill set, deliver crucial health services to millions of Americans who may not otherwise receive care," Cooke told the capacity crowd on June 22.
At the conference, AANP leaders and members continued to harness the strength of the NP population on behalf of veterans health. The organization provided easy-to-use comment forms and letters that hundreds of NPs completed throughout the week and then forwarded to the federal government.
The comment period for the Veterans Health Administration proposal to award full practice authority to all NPs working for the VA closed on July 25. AANP executed a bold and persuasive national publicity campaign to encourage all Americans to comment on behalf of the proposal. We will report on this proposal as action is taken.
In our July issue, we invite you to learn about the evaluation of low back pain in the primary care setting (this month's CE article), as well as an NP-led skin cancer risk assessment study and an innovative way to train acute care NPs in invasive critical care procedures. Enjoy the issue!