After the landmark Supreme Court decision a couple of weeks ago, hospitals and medical care facilities are rethinking the demand for nurses and medical professionals.
Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been approved — combined with the aging Baby Boomer population — the healthcare industry is expected to see a sharp uptick in demand for hospital support staff, particularly nurse practitioners.
This segment of the health care employment industry is expected to grow by up to 94% from 128,000 in 2008 to 244,000 in 2025, according to a recent study published in the July issue of Medical Care.
According to the study, nurse practitioner jobs will grow 130% from 86,000 in 2008 to 198,000 in 2025, reports American Medical News.
Study author David Auerbach told American Medical News, “There’s a lot of experimentation going on looking at different ways of working together, and there’s a lot of interest in collaborative team-based models. The new care models, such as the patient-centered medical home and accountable care organizations, really depend on nurse practitioners and physician assistants.”
There is some skepticism regarding these figures. The study notes that an increased ratio of nurse practitioners to physicians could potentially have a negative influence on the quality of care a patient receives.
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