Helping hands: Roles and responsibilities are expanding for nurse practitioners and physician assistants--but not without some resistance

Robeznieks, Andis
May 2011
Modern Healthcare;5/23/2011, Vol. 41 Issue 21, p26
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the emergence of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in the U.S. healthcare sector. NPs and PAs all over the U.S. currently consist of 140,000 and 75,000 people practicing, respectively, although they face challenges including licensing standards, practice restrictions, and demand competition between primary-care doctors and the retail clinic sector. Statistics show that most American NPs (38 percent) work in hospitals while most PAs (26.3 percent) work at the practice of a private physician.


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