Number of nurse practitioners in US hits record high

From Beckers:

The number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. reached an all-time high March 20, with more than 248,000 NPs currently licensed to practice across the country, according to data released by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The number of U.S. NPs significantly increased since 2007, when there were approximately 120,000 NPs.

An additional 23,000 newly licensed NPs graduated from programs in the 2015-16 academic year, up 3,000 graduates (15.5 percent) from the 2014-15 academic year.