AANP Research

research2The AANP Research program has been providing indispensable research about NPs and guidance for others interested in similar research since 1985. At the heart of the program is the National NP Database - the only comprehensive database of NPs practicing in the U.S. This rich and growing resource features details on clinical specialties, practice settings and more.

Meeting Our Mission

The Research program plays a significant role in fulfilling AANP's three-part mission:

To promote excellence in NP practice, education and research, the research program collects data and encourages others to conduct their own research.

To shape the future of health care through advancing policy, the research program provides specific stats and trends critical to the work of our health policy staff and volunteer leaders such as AANP state representatives.

To build a positive image of the NP role as leaders in the national and global health care community, AANP research provides data demonstrating high marks on quality of care, the cost effectiveness of that care, and patient satisfaction and acceptance.

AANP Research Newsletters

The AANP research newsletters were established to keep members abreast on AANP research initiatives, AANP Network for Research member research, and research that is available from other entities. These newsletters are published twice per year.

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AANP Research Briefs

The quarterly AANP Research Brief was created to disseminate research on nurse practitioners in a timely manner. Hot topic areas may occur in special edition issues.

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AANP National NP Sample Survey

In 2012, AANP completed the fifth iteration of the National NP Sample Survey.  The purpose of this survey was to identify the characteristics and practices of NPs nationwide.  

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AANP National NP Compensation Survey

The purpose of the AANP National NP Compensation Survey is to compile a comprehensive data set about NP hourly and annual compensation, as well as provide information about employment related benefits.

2011 AANP National NP Compensation Survey

2008 AANP National NP Compensation Survey

2007 AANP National NP Compensation Survey

AANP National NP Sample Survey

The purpose of the AANP National NP Sample Survey is to identify the characteristics and practices of NPs with questions focused on NP specialization, education and certification, practice communities and settings, and prescriptions and diagnoses.

2009-2010 AANP National NP Sample Survey


2004 AANP National NP Sample Survey

AANP Membership Research

Detailed research on AANP membership includes a periodic survey of members and data that is analyzed from AANP's national database.

2012 AANP Membership Survey

2010 AANP Membership Demographics

2006 AANP Membership Survey

Nurse Practitioner Facts

These facts are created and updated as new information becomes available.

2013 NP Fact Sheet

2010-2011 NP Fact Sheet

Other Projects/Surveys