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NPs have been providing quality health care for more than half a century. Studies show that NPs improve patient outcomes, help lower heath care costs and partner with patients to improve their health.

NPs can be found in communities of every size. In fact, the number of NPs in rural and underserved communities is among the highest of primary care health care provider. To locate an NP in your area, go to NPFinder.Com or contact your insurance provider to locate an NP in your insurance network.

NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:

  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.
  • Prescribing medications and other treatments.
  • Managing patients' overall care.
  • Advising and educating patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

Yes, consistent high favorability is a major reason patients choose NPs.

Yes, NPs can write prescriptions, including controlled substances, in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

No, the number of NPs is on the rise and is growing every year. More than 23,000 NPs graduated in 2016, and this number is projected to continue to steadily climb in the next decade.

Yes, NP growth will help alleviate provider gaps, particularly in primary care. While experts predict this shortage will exceed 40,000 providers by 2030, the influx of NP graduates will chip away at this deficit.

While fewer physicians are choosing primary care specialties, nearly 90 percent of graduating NPs specialize in primary care programs.

Yes! Demand for NPs increased 320 percent in just three years, catapulting NPs to the fifth most in- demand health specialty.

By the year 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, and 60 percent will need treatment for at least one chronic condition.

In addition to traditional emergency rooms and practice settings, NPs staff more than 2,000 retail clinics serving 35 million patients in stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target, where they make up more than 95 percent of the provider population.

NPs make staying healthy part of your job. Nearly 30 percent of companies with more than 5,000 employees staff corporate on-site clinics with NPs to help improve workforce health.