Nursing News: Nurse Practitioners Help Ease the Physician and Nurse Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 20th, 2012

The physician and nurse shortage has increased the hiring of nurse practitioners and physician assistants across the nation. From the third quarter of 2011 to the same quarter in 2012, the number of job openings for nurse practitioners grew by 35% and openings for physician assistants also grew by 22%. The shortage of physicians is one reason for this increase. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants fill that gap.

The demand for non-physician healthcare providers could grow even more in the coming years. A recent study found that 82.9% of healthcare executives expect to increase their recruitment of nurse practitioners and physician assistants soon.

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