For many patients, seeing a doctor can be easier said than done. In that strange gray area where a fever or runny nose requires attention but is not quite an emergency, many people are faced with the decision of ignoring it or possibly facing a long unnecessary trip to the emergency room. This happens regardless of whether they have insurance or not and can be frustrating.
The landscape is changing, though, and options for patients needing a quick tune up are springing up across the country from an unexpected source. National pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens are investing heavily in on-site clinics that make treatment for non-life-threatening illnesses easier to obtain. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been at the forefront of this growth, providing quality staffs across the country.
Healthcare is expanding and NPs and PAs are needed. Join the movement with us.
CVS opened its first “Minute Clinic” in 2007 and has since expanded to almost 1,000 locations in 31 states. These clinics are based around the idea of convenience and flexible seven day a week services and extended early evening hours.
Unlike an emergency room visit, patients pay similar copays to their primary physician, and even the uninsured can get treatment at lower prices.
Fast Care, Good Care
These retail clinics have quickly become a haven for NPs and PAs who work with patients to treat common illnesses like colds, flus, fevers, sinus infections, joint pains, allergies, bronchitis and skin irritations. Staffs are also able to provide preventative treatments like vaccinations, physicals and health screenings.
This is right in the wheelhouse for NPs and PAs who are absolutely crucial in providing important care in non-emergency situations. Whether it’s in retail clinics or regular doctor’s offices, the demand for qualified NPs and PAs will continue to skyrocket as more options arise for people to get the healthcare they need.
At NP PA Recruiters, we are dedicated to helping you find your place in this rapidly expanding market and place you somewhere where you can best use your skills and knowledge. If you would like to get started with us, send us your information online and we’ll get in touch.