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Survey: Nurse practitioners determine positive aspects of role

Sixty-eight percent of nurse practitioners who took part in a marketing research study indicated the No. 1 job attribute for NPs is the holistic, comprehensive management of patients. The study was conducted by, the leading healthcare brand of OnCourse Learning.

Other positive aspects of the NP role are feeling autonomous (65%) and being a vital part of patients’ healthcare and well-being (65%), according to study results.

“Our NP study respondents answered some thought-provoking questions,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN. “They provided insights into many aspects of their professional lives, from barriers to practice for NPs to what responsibilities set them apart from other healthcare providers.

“What we found is 92% of NPs would recommend the role to other nurses,” Williamson said. “We think that speaks volumes about NP job satisfaction.”

Study respondents were able to comment on why they’d recommend the specialty. Here is what some of them had to say:

“Becoming an NP has been one of the greatest challenges of my career and the most rewarding.”

  • “If you like patient contact, then this career is for you.”
  • “With the ever-changing healthcare market, we need more providers who can holistically look at the patient, not at a diagnosis.”
  • “It is a challenging career, but I love that knowledge and experience builds as you keep practicing.”

See the Nurse practitioner study results in this infographic for more information.

By | 2020-04-15T16:41:16-04:00 July 7th, 2016|Categories: Nursing News, Nursing Specialties|2 Comments

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    Helen Erickson July 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Please share the demographics of the subjects, and how “holistic” was defined. Thank you!

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    P.T. July 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Love my career except when put on the hamster wheel of primary care recently by a “Not-for-profit” organization. I was told not to be holistic in my care. 15 minutes or 30 minutes per patient visits which were mostly internal medicine and geriatric patients (Diabetes is my subspecialty). No more time allotted for women’s annual exams with pap, dm care and prevention/lifestyle counseling. No more time allotted for foreign language speakers. No time built in for calling patient’s back regarding labs with discussion nor for documentation and ordering on a very cumbersome EMR. I spoke up re this, put it in writing. Nothing was going to change. Had difficulty sleeping at night and chest pain (I have no heart problems). Found a great solution- A new employer.

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