Nurse Practitioner Diversity in New York State

February 1, 2021 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under For Career Seekers, For Employers, For the Workforce

Last modified February 2, 2021

A recent study organized by the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) examines the racial and ethnic composition of New York’s nurse practitioner (NP) workforce. Researchers examined key demographic, educational, and practice characteristics of the state’s active NPs. 

According to the study, Hispanic NPs are underrepresented in the state’s NP workforce, while the percentage of Black NPs is close to the percentage of Blacks in the state’s population. New York City saw the largest disparity between Hispanic NPs (8%) and the local Hispanic population (29%). However in the North Country region, Hispanic NPs nearly mirrored their presence in the regional population. 

Other key findings from the study include:

  • NPs younger than 50 tended to be more racially and ethnically diverse.
  • Black and Hispanic NPs complete their NP training at older ages compared to all other NPs.
  • Nearly half of Black NPs work in primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).



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