The latest hiring trend shows the healthcare industry now heavily focuses on primary care. Recent statistics revealed hospitals and group practices are aggressively pursuing physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses. The recruiting is aimed to ensure primary care staffing levels can meet an anticipated increase in demand.
Survey Says: NPs and PAs are Topping the Charts
In 2004, the three largest, in-demand specialty physician fields were radiology, anesthesiology and cardiology according to physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins. Today, the first two are nowhere to be found in any of the top 20 spots and cardiology ranked No. 15 in Merritt Hawkins’s 2013 survey. The survey says search assignments for NPs and PAs grew 164% from 2011-2012 to 2012-2013, putting them on the list of the top 20 most recruited specialties for the first time.
2nd Best Job in America
CNN Money recently ranked the physician assistant second in its Top 10 Best Jobs in America list. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% job growth rate for PAs through 2020. Current hiring trends are definitely showing a shift in the American healthcare industry. Primary care has now become the focus of the old to new healthcare model transition.
State Laws are Changing with the Times
Today, patients are just as likely to seek a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant for primary care needs as they would a physician. States are increasingly giving the green light to allow more independence among advanced practice professionals. They are also permitting the establishment of primary care clinics in local pharmacies and other locations. The shift to primary care is not surprising given that a full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signals an additional 30 million Americans added to the healthcare roster. The best way to manage these patients is at the primary care level.
The mid-level practitioner field is clearly impacting job market trends as the numbers continuously grow. NP PA Recruiters is a full-service, professional healthcare recruitment firm committed to guiding nurse practitioners and physician assistants as they navigate the healthcare job market. Contact us by calling 214-351-3880 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.