Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in High Demand

Hospitals and clinics are facing a shortage of primary care physicians and are increasingly relying on an already short supply of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to Forbes.

Health facilities nationwide are gearing up for the increased demand when millions of Americans will gain health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1, 2014.

A report from Staff Care, an Irving-based physician staffing company, showed that 10 percent of staffing requests were for temporary physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, close to 75 percent of health facility managers that were surveyed by Staff Care reported that they had used temporary doctors or advanced practitioners in the past 12 months.

Posted in Hospitals, Nursing, Physicians.