AANP Celebrates 85,000 Member Milestone

AUSTIN, TX --The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, has reached the 85,000 member milestone. Since its inception as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 1985 with 100 members and following the 2013 merger with the American College of Nurse Practitioners, AANP membership has experienced robust growth adding an additional 10,000 members in the past 12 months.

The faith that patients have in the care provided by nurse practitioners is evidenced by the more than 1.02 billion visits made to nurse practitioners in the past year, said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, FAANP. Demand for these exceptional health care providers has never been greater.

New data recently released by AANP shows that more than 248,000 NPs are currently licensed to practice in the United States, with approximately 23,000 NP students entering the workforce every year.

AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.



The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
(AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. To locate a nurse practitioner in your community, go to npfinder.com. For more information about NPs, visit aanp.org.