Pursuing an advanced nursing career is challenging, but there is a wealth of scholarship opportunities, professional associations, salary guides, and more to help aspiring APRNs. Check out our authoritative resource guides below.
This article provides an overview of health disparities in the United States, introduces the concept of culturally competent care, and encourages all nurses and nurse practitioners to continue to practice and support a better, more inclusive health system.
The average nurse practitioner salary across the nation varies by source. According to the BLS (May 2019), NPs made an average annual wage of $111,840. The 2019 AANP National Workforce Survey corroborated this, finding that NPs made $110,000 on average.
So why are nurse practitioner admissions so competitive? A shortage of qualified nursing teaching faculty and an increasing number of retiring nurses are some possible reasons, according to CNN.
While NPs are completing their estimated 1.06 billion patient visits every year, professional associations at both the national and state level give them a unified voice. No matter where a nurse practitioner is, no matter what they specialize in, no matter whom they serve, a professional organization exists to support them in their efforts.
With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS, 2020) predicted that between 2018 and 2028, the demand for NPs will swell 28 percent. An incredible 53,300 new NP jobs are predicted during this time period, with an overall nation-wide job availability of 242,400.
Standardizing education to ensure a minimum level of quality has been a huge problem as the number of institutions offering higher education increases. Over the past decade, there have been institutions in the news for scamming students with programs that provide little value and saddled them with costly loans. Thankfully, there are several organizations, public and nonprofit, established to help regulate higher education.