According to a recent report (AANP, 2020), there are now over 290,000 NPs in the U.S. Please take time to learn more about NPs.
A recent (Nov 2017) Freakonomics podcast: Nurses to the Rescue! explores the policy and economic issues associated with NP Scope of Practice. Podcast is downloadable.
Key Resource Reports -- This page provides links to a number of key reports regarding the quality and value of NP care from various national entities.
AANP (2002). More than 290,000 nurse practitioners. https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/290-000-nps-licensed-in-us