Here is President Obama's speech to the American Nurses Association from 6/17/2010.
He specifically refers to NPs by stating:
Now, there is more work to do. And that's why today my administration is announcing a number of investments to expand the primary care workforce. This includes funding to allow students training part-time to become nurse practitioners to start training full-time. (Applause.) We want to speed up the process where folks go from the classroom into the exam room. And we’re going to provide resources for clinics run by registered nurses and nurse practitioners. (Applause.)
More work to do indeed.
Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, NP