While much has been said about NPs and physicians' assistants alleviating the physician shortage, the survey shows that 75% of NPs said there is a national shortage of NPs. More than 80% of NPs said they are overworked in their practices or are at full capacity. NPs said they spend an average of 25% of their time on non-clinical paperwork.
"We have this hope that NPs and PAs are going to ride to the rescue in the doctor shortage but we are already seeing evidence that NPs and PAs are already overextended," Miller says.
While the future looks rosy, when 100% of the responses are positive there is no place to go but down.
"The only negative I see is be careful what you wish for," Miller says. "When you become an independent practitioner the onus of running a practice and having the responsibility falls on you and a lot of doctors find that to be a challenge. That is the only caveat I see there out there right now."
The survey was conducted by Staff Care, a temporary physician and NP staffing firm and an affiliate with Merritt Hawkins under AMN Healthcare.