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HRSA Survey Underscores Critical Role of Nurse Practitioners, According to AANP

AUSTIN, TX (May 12, 2014) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) in the nation, released the following statement in response to the publication of The National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners, unveiled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Dave Hebert, Chief Executive Officer of AANP, said: “Analysis of the NP workforce and the challenges clinicians face is vital if we as a country are to overcome our tremendous health care delivery challenges. We would like to thank the HRSA for championing this survey and support its assertion that NPs play a critical role in extending access to health care.”

Survey findings include:

  • The average age within the NP workforce was 48 years.
  • Approximately 94 percent of the total NP workforce held a graduate degree. Of the six percent without a graduate degree, most were individuals trained before 1992.
  • Seventy-six percent of the NP workforce maintained certification in what is generally considered a primary care specialty (family, adult, pediatric, or gerontology). The most widely held certification is family NP, reported by nearly half of the NP workforce.
  • Ninety-six percent of the NP workforce reported being in clinical practice, providing direct patient care. Nearly three percent were in faculty positions and approximately one percent were in administrative positions.


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 over 189,000 NPs, including more than 50,000 individual members and 203 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization 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. 

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