In January 2014, the Affordable Care Act extended health insurance to an estimated 30 million previously uninsured Americans. As a result, the need for healthcare providers has skyrocketed!
But there’s good news. Nurse practitioners are finishing graduate school in record numbers, and thanks to rigorous education programs, they’re more qualified than ever to practice in primary care, acute care, and long-term healthcare settings.
Here are some facts you may not have known about the modern nurse practitioner graduate:
- The majority of NPs spent several years working as registered nurses before entering their NP programs.
- An estimated 20,000 new NPs completed academic programs last year alone!
- Becoming a certified NP requires completing 500 didactic hours and 500 to 700 clinical hours.
- NPs are being trained on a variety of EMR systems, making them the most technologically savvy candidates to come on the market yet.
- New NPs are trained to be highly analytical and observational, in addition to approaching care from a holistic perspective that can help improve overall health and reduce costs.
- New NPs are being groomed to handle tasks traditionally attributed to doctors, such as diagnosing illnesses, prescribing treatments and medications, and taking charge of patients’ overall care.
The facts are in: Now is the time to consider staffing a new NP for your hospital, private practice, or organization. Talk with a Barton Associates rep to get started.