Nurse practitioners (NPs) topped the list of most recruited providers in the annual report on physician and advanced practitioner recruiting trends produced by Merritt Hawkins, a leading medical search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. The 2021 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives indicates that over a 12-month period, Merritt Hawkins conducted more search engagements for NPs than for any other type of provider. In the 27 prior years the report was conducted, physicians held the top spot.
Why the Increase in Demand?
- Physician appointment wait times have increased by 30% since 2014.
- The emergence of team-based care means that PAs and NPs are playing a growing role.
- The “convenient care” movement is accelerating. PAs/ NPs provide the bulk of care at the growing number of urgent care and retail centers and also have been a fixture at Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
NPs/PAs can treat and prescribe in all 50 states. Their ability to educate patients, ensure patient compliance, reduce costs and enhance patient satisfaction makes hiring them a win-win situation for everyone. NPs/PAs are ideal providers for patients, ideal team-members for other HCPs, and ideal targets for pharma marketers.
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