The Institute of Medicine recently published “The Future of Nursing,” an infographic that highlights the growing number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. The number of nurse practitioners per primary care doctor more than doubled between 1995 and 2009. These advanced practice registered nurses will help meet rising demand for healthcare services due to the projected 32 million new insured patients under the Affordable Care Act1 and looming shortage of 63,000 physicians by 2015.2
“Family nurse practitioners will be critical in addressing the looming primary practitioner shortage,” explained Dr. John Distler, dean of the Master of Science in Nursing nurse practitioner tracks for Chamberlain. “As healthcare evolves toward a community-based approach, FNPs will play a fundamental role in delivering primary care, educating patients and improving patient outcomes.”
(1) DeParle, Nancy-Ann. “The Affordable Care Act Helps America’s Uninsured.” Web log post. The White House Blog. WhiteHouse.gov, 16 Sept. 2010. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/16/affordable-care-act-helps-america-s-uninsured.
(2) Association of American Medical Colleges. AAMC Releases New Physician Shortage Estimates Post-Reform. Newsroom. Association of American Medical Colleges, 30 Sept. 2010. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/2010/150570/100930.html#.UsXFkPRDuAg.