Join us in celebrating Nurse Practitioner Week November 8-14. Be sure to thank any nurse practitioner that you know. This week honors their service and sacrifice.
We found some interesting facts about nurse practitioners.
There are 290,000 nurse practitioners in the US
NP’s have a high patient satisfaction score of 9.8/10
NP’s have proven to have excellent patient health outcomes
They are less likely to prescribe medication without taking a thorough history
NP’s are experienced nurses before going to graduate school so their focus is on the person rather than the disease.
NP listening skills were superior to MDs, with 80% of NP patients reporting that the nurse practitioner always listened carefully, compared to 50% of physician patients.
89.7% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 69.0% of all NPs deliver primary care.
82.9% of full-time NPs are accepting Medicare patients and 80.2% are accepting Medicaid patients.
95.7% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 20 prescriptions per day.
NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.
The majority of NPs (57.4%) see three or more patients per hour.
Malpractice rates remain low; only 1.1% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case.