More than 40 US governors and other elected leaders have issued proclamations and certificates honoring NPs for the high-quality, lifesaving care they provide, especially noting their contributions at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). These governors are joining the AANP, patients, policymakers, health care providers, and communities across the nation to celebrate National NP Week, November 7 to 13, 2021.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NPs have been an unwavering, frontline force, providing tireless service to their patients,” Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam wrote in his certificate. “More than 1300 NPs in Virginia are practicing with autonomous licenses, thereby increasing access to patient care in the Commonwealth.”
“NPs provide high-quality primary, acute and specialty care services while focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, health education, and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson wrote in a proclamation. “Better utilization of NPs through modernized state laws and improved policies creates better health through a more accessible, efficient, cost-effective and higher quality health care system.”
“I am so proud of the 325,000 NPs in the US who put their patients first, always searching for opportunities to improve health outcomes,” said AANP President April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN. “Throughout the many challenges of the pandemic, NPs have remained steadfast and committed to the delivery of accessible, equitable, quality-driven, lifesaving care for our patients.”
NPs by the Numbers
NPs are responsible for a combined total of more than 1 billion patient visits each year, according to the AANP. Overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners in projected to grow by 45% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The COVID-19 pandemic allowed NPs to practice at the top of their education and clinical training and the Clinical Advisor salary survey results reflect the impact the pandemic had on income and job satisfaction. The majority of NP respondents reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their job (Table).
Table. How Satisfied Are You With Your Job (NPs)?
Similar to results from previous years, most of NPs reported earning a higher salary in 2021 compared with last year (47%, respectively) and 33% reported earning the same salary as last year. When asked how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their income, 21% of NPs reported earning less income last year because of the pandemic, while 19% reported earning more income (Figure).
“The role of NPs continues to evolve,” Dr Kapu told The Clinical Advisor. “With an aging population, a health care provider shortage, and new technologies impacting the delivery of health care, there is a huge demand for highly trained NPs. We are excited to grow our profession and strengthen our ability to ensure patients have equitable access to high-quality care.”
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Governors across U.S. honor nurse practitioners (NPs) for lifesaving care during NP week. November 4, 2021. Accessed November 5, 2021. https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/governors-across-u-s-honor-nurse-practitioners-nps-for-lifesaving-care-during-np-week