National Nurse Practitioner Week: November 11-17, 2012
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has designated this week as Nurse Practitioner Week. The theme for 2012 is "Your Partner in Health: Informed...In Touch...Involved." The AANP is the professional association that helps promote the NP profession as well as provide continuing education and career information to future and current nurse practitioners.
A few facts about the nurse practitioner profession in the United States, according to the AANP include:
- There are more than 155,000 nurse practitioners practicing nationwide.
- More than 11,000 new NPs completed training in 2010-2011 academic year.
- NPs hold prescriptive privileges in 50 states; controlled substances in 48 states.
- The average total annual income for NPs is $98,760, and the average annual base salary was $91,310.
All nurse practitioners hold a master's degree, and many have doctorate level degrees. NPs can practice in a variety of specialties from primary care to surgical specialties. Nurse practitioners are among the most highly compensated nurses because of their level of education, scope of practice, versatility, and demand for their services.