The shortage of doctors in the medical industry is well known by now. As the number of people needing healthcare grows, the amount of doctors ready to provide care hasn’t quite matched the demand yet. Nowhere is this truer than in the more rural areas of the United States.
Rural areas and small towns, usually further away from larger medical centers and hospitals in states like North Dakota, are struck particularly hard if even one doctor decides to leave the area. In places where medical professionals are like gold, nurse practitioners are especially valuable.
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North Dakota is particularly unique in that it is one of 22 states where nurse practitioners are considered independent providers. To put it simply, NPs are allowed to provide the same primary care as a doctor and are not required to work under or report to a physician.
Because of this, North Dakota is uniquely set up to benefit from the arrival of NPs. The gaps in healthcare are especially magnified in rural America and any qualified medical professional can make a difference when it comes to providing vital health care.
Dispelling the Myth
The only hurdle NPs are facing more in rural areas is dispelling myths about quality of care. It’s fair to say that many patients will be wary of any professional that lacks “doctor” in their title, but efforts are being made to display how qualified NPs are.
Smaller clinics across the country are on an NP hiring spree because of their ability to fill in gaps and help alleviate the workloads of doctors dealing with a massive influx of patients.
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The bottom line is that medical professionals are in high demand and NPs are in a unique position to provide their valuable skills wherever needed. At NP PA Recruiters, we work with you to find the perfect job that uses the best of your abilities. If you would like to get your search started with us, we’re ready to hear from you.