Over the last few decades, and especially in recent years with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the role and importance of nurse practitioners has continued to grow tremendously.
With over 220,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the nation, their position in primary care is essential to the twofold issue of an aging American population and a shortage of primary care physicians. This is exactly why more states are beginning to lift bans that inhibited nurse practitioners from performing to the full extent of their training and skills, and are instead developing legislation that will allow NPs to provide primary care services independently, without supervision from a physician.
As of February 2017, there are now 22 states plus the District of Columbia that have legally provided full practice authority to NPS.
South Dakota is one such state leading the way with politicians in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania also reviewing the possibility of passing such legislation in their own respective states.
While there has been some concern that has emerged from certain professional populations within the medical field, namely physicians, South Dakota is attempting to quell these worries by including a provisional measure within the law that NPs may only practice “independently following the completion of 1,040 hours under physician supervision.”
More Good News
The U.S. News World and Report Best Jobs Ranking for 2017 listed nurse practitioners as the #2 best occupation in the States (with Physician Assistants a very close #3). This coincides with a general industry growth for medical professionals.
The median salary for nurse practitioners in 2017 was reported at $98,190 with an unemployment rate definitively national average (0.7%). The lower quartile of the NP salaries was nearly $85,000 with the top quarter average out at $117,020. Suffice to say that the field is a lucrative opportunity for those interested in providing meaningful quality healthcare services.
When coupled with the fact that Americans are set to gain even greater access to NPs in 2017 because of a country-wide movement to alleviate physician shortages, the value and career potential of these medical professionals becomes much more evident. Associations related to both NPs and PAs are steadily increasing their efforts to help push legislation that will allow both types of professionals to provide more care to patients.
The Importance of NPs
According to a report released by the Association of American Medical colleges, there is set to a be a national shortage of between 46,000—90,000 physicians by 2025. With research indicating that NPs are able to manage 80-90% of primary care physician responsibilities, their functions could continue to increase and provide a bevy of benefits to patients including improvement in health conditions and reduction in symptoms, improvement in satisfaction, reduction in insurance costs of insurance, and improved quality of care for underserved and susceptible populations—especially in rural areas.
The development of the NP in the American healthcare system means nurse practitioners are beginning to wear a variety of hats and the general public is quickly becoming accustomed (and at times preferring) to NP treatment.
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