Omaha, NE (February 15, 2016) - Nurse practitioners fill a valuable role in the healthcare industry. With Master's degrees or higher, individuals in this profession offer exceptional and unique care by taking a holistic approach. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses the demand for nurse practitioners.
NP services include anything from disease prevention to health counseling, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, so it's no wonder they're in such high demand. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated jobs in this field will grow 31 percent by 2024, which is much faster than the national average. Learn more about what factors are driving the demand for NPs:
Primary care shortages
Research published by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation explained that primary care shortages are affecting approximately 58 million Americans. Experts expect the problem to only worsen in the coming years as the population grows and baby boomers age. NPs are in high demand as they offer an effective method for filling this shortage.
Not only do these nurses deliver high-quality primary care, but it takes less time to train individuals in this career than it does doctors. Specifically, NPs can complete their education in six years whereas physicians must go through 10 to 11 years of schooling.
Furthermore, primary care shortage is especially problematic in rural areas, and NPs are stepping up to fill this gap. As the National Rural Health Association explained, the ratio of doctors to patients is critically low. Only 10 percent of physicians work in rural locations, but 25 percent of the overall U.S. population resides in these geographical areas. At the same time, rural locations are faced with unique healthcare needs and obstacles. For instance, alcohol and tobacco use, both of which come with an array of health complications, are higher in non-metropolitan environments. According to the Community Catalyst, NPs are more likely than physicians to work in these locations, demonstrating that they're ready to answer to the higher demand for primary care. Travel nurses especially are valuable for this purpose, as they can move into communities with the highest need for care.