As health care evolves in the United States, nurses play a critical role in meeting a growing demand. The aging baby boomer population and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act contribute to the predicted need for health care professionals — especially in primary care. With their training and skills, nurse practitioners (NPs) can help alleviate the projected shortage of primary care providers.
The supply of NPs is projected to increase by 30 percent to 72,100 by 2020, according to a 2013 report External link by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Advanced practice nursing begins with registered nurse (RN) education and licensure, so it is useful to know the RN demand and projected shortages.
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