The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) recently released findings from its 2020 National NP Sample Survey. In every state, NPs continue to deliver comprehensive, high-quality care in settings ranging from primary care clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and nursing homes to patients’ homes through virtual visits.
AANP has conducted the NP Sample Survey since 1999. The survey is periodically focused on the NP workforce to capture vital information regarding the characteristics and practices of NPs. A sampling frame of more than 166,000 records for this survey was pulled from the AANP National NP Database, which includes contact information from AANP’s members, its customers and state regulatory agencies. From this, just over 55,000 NPs were sent the electronic survey instrument and a total of 3,994 responded.
In 2020, three of the top five certifications reported were in Primary Care: Family (69.7%), Adult (10.8%) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (7%). NPs with a Psychiatric/Mental Health (4.7%) certification moved up into the top five certifications this past year. The top three NP work site settings remained as hospital outpatient clinic (14.3%), private group practice (10.4%) and hospital inpatient unit (10%); however, private NP practice (3.8%) was among the top 10 work site settings in 2020. The most frequently reported diagnoses treated by NPs were abdominal pain (69.4%), anxiety (67.2%) and urinary tract infections (66.7%).