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The nurse practitioner profession is growing at a rapid pace. And with growth comes change. Today’s nurse practitioners are dealing with staff shortages in rural areas, changes in educational standards, and battles for wider practice authority in select states. What will tomorrow’s nurse practitioners be concerned with? Our interview-based blog and in-depth features uncover the stories behind the big issues by talking to nurse practitioners who know the subject best.
The average nurse practitioner salary across the nation varies by source. According to the BLS (May 2019), NPs made an average annual wage of $111,840. The 2019 AANP National Workforce Survey corroborated this, finding that NPs made $110,000 on average.
So why are nurse practitioner admissions so competitive? A shortage of qualified nursing teaching faculty and an increasing number of retiring nurses are some possible reasons, according to CNN.
Healthcare providers are being overworked and carry the fear of being conduits for the virus. The rest of the American citizens in lockdown are feeling isolated, anxious, depressed, and stressed over the future. These things that we are feeling and thinking are going to have major implications in the future.
Beginning to bridge the healthcare provider gap would require the state to add between 3,000 and 5,000 physicians in the next five to ten years. While medical schools can’t meet that level of demand at the necessary pace, Florida’s nurse practitioners (NPs) could be the answer.
While NPs are completing their estimated 1.06 billion patient visits every year, professional associations at both the national and state level give them a unified voice. No matter where a nurse practitioner is, no matter what they specialize in, no matter whom they serve, a professional organization exists to support them in their efforts.
With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS, 2020) predicted that between 2018 and 2028, the demand for NPs will swell 28 percent. An incredible 53,300 new NP jobs are predicted during this time period, with an overall nation-wide job availability of 242,400.
In times of uncertainty, we rely on our ability to out-think the problem. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, and it has spurred many creative healthcare innovations. All over the world, governments and people are working together to provide new forms of protection, preventative measures, and tools to fight COVID-19.
The best gifts you can give are those that demonstrate the same level of thought, care, and kindness that NP grads will practice with their patients on a daily basis. This gift list is designed to help give you thoughtful, useful, and needful gifts that will help a NP graduate to celebrate and to succeed in the career they have worked so hard to advance through their schooling efforts.
Today, one in four rural care providers is a nurse practitioner, and the number is even higher in states with full practice authority laws. Further modernization of the scope of practice for NPs would decrease the number of patients living in rural primary care shortage areas from 23 million to 8 million, according to a report from United Health Group.
The problem is simple: there are not enough primary care physicians completing residency programs to replace the ones who are retiring. And the answer could be simple, too: over 58 percent of nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in primary care. What’s standing in the way is a set of outdated supervisory requirements, which say physicians are required to sign off, approve, or validate certain treatments performed by nurse practitioners.