Why Choose an NP as Your Health Care Provider?


Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are the primary, acute or specialty health care provider of choice for millions of people across the country

They are expert clinicians who, in addition to diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices that may ultimately lead to reduced health care costs. They are truly your Partners in Health.

NPs have provided excellent health care for nearly a half century

The first NPs were educated at the University of Colorado in 1965. As of 2012, there are about 155,000 NPs practicing in the U. S. with more than 11,000 new NPs prepared each year at over 355 colleges and universities. NPs have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Most have master’s degrees and many have doctorates.

Where are NPs licensed to practice and how are they licensed?

NPs are licensed in all states and the District of Columbia. They practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed. Most NPs are nationally certified in their specialty area and are recognized as expert healthcare providers. The faith that patients have in NPs is shown by the almost 600 million visits made to NPs each year. NPs practice in rural, urban, and suburban communities. They practice in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges, and public health departments.

What services do NPs provide?

From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide a full range of services similar to those of a physician. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive. Among their many services, NPs:

  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • Manage patients' overall care
  • Spend time counseling patients
  • Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being

NPs specialize in many areas, including:

  • Acute Care
  • Adult Health
  • Family Health
  • Gerontology Health
  • Neonatal Health
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric/Child Health
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Women’s Health

How can I locate an NP?

AANP is pleased to provide consumers with a quick and easy way to locate an NP. Go to NP Finder and follow the simple steps to locate an NP in your area. If you have questions or need additional information, contact npfinder@aanp.org or call (512) 442-4262, ext. 5211.

In summary, more and more people are choosing NPs as their primary, acute and/or specialty Health care provider.

NPs deliver a unique blend of nursing and medical care, distinguishing themselves from other health care providers. In addition to being expert clinicians and diagnosticians, NPs provide comprehensive, personalized health education and counseling. NPs assist patients in making better lifestyle and health decisions. NPs are truly your partners in health.