Increased Trends in the Use of Mid Level Providers

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Increased Trends in the use of Mid Level Providers Introduction Over the last several years, the majority of graduating medical students (90%) has been focused on careers in specialized care. (Pickert, 2009) This is because they will make more money in comparison with doctors that are working in a primary care environment. As a result, a shortage has developed with many health care providers turning to Nurse Practitioners. These are nurses with some kind of advanced degree in Nursing. Their job is to diagnose / treat patients and prescribe medication. To fully understand what is happening requires looking at how this trend is having an impact on accountability, quality, costs / health promotion and risk reduction. These different elements will provide the greatest insights as to how Nurse Practitioners are having an effect on a health care environment. The Current Trends with Nurse Practitioners There is a crisis happening with many primary care providers. The number of doctors working in these facilities has been decreasing with a variety having shortages of up to 30%. This makes is difficult for hospitals to be able to keep up with demand. (Pickert, 2009) To deal with these challenges many of facilities began to use Nursing Practitioners. These are trained nurses, who have advanced degrees (in Nursing) and several years of experience working in the field. The results are that this has helped to decrease the cost of providing basic primary health care services. This is because the cost for Nurse Practitioners is less in comparison with physicians. We can see this by looking at the below table (which illustrates the total number of Nurse Practitioners and the average weekly wage) The Total Number of Nurse Practitioner in ... ... middle of paper ... ...hat is being utilized by providers to deal with these issues (which are becoming more common). References Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers. (2012). BLS. Retrieved from: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/wkyeng.pdf Physician Salaries. (2011). MD Salaries. Retrieved from: http://mdsalaries.blogspot.com/#Annual_Mean_Salary_of_Physicians_by_State_and_Specialty Scope of Practice. (2010). AANP. Retrieved from: http://www.aanp.org/NR/rdonlyres/FCA07860-3DA1-46F9-80E6-E93A0972FB0D/0/2010ScopeOfPractice.pdf What is a Nurse Practitioner. (2011), Nurse Practitioner Guide. Retrieved from: http://nursepractitionerguide.org/ Allen, J. (2011). Community Outreach and Cardiovascular Health. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, 403 – 411. Pickert, K. (2009). If a Health Care Bill Passes. Time. Retrieved from:http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1914222,00.html
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