Specializes in Emergency Nursing.
There are over 230,000 licensed nurse practitioners (NP) in the United States and I am proud to say that I will soon be one of them. NPs have achieved great advances in practice since the first education program began at the University of Colorado (UC) in 1965. NPs provide essential care for millions of Americans and now have full, independent practice authority in 22 states. However, despite these advances, our educational preparation is inconsistent, flawed and needs restructuring.