Nurse Practitioners: 7 Reasons Patients Are Choosing NPs As Their Primary Care Providers by Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP
When it comes to selecting a primary care provider, there is more choice than ever before. Historically, physicians have been the default primary caregiver, but as nurse practitioners (NPs) gain more practice authority, the tide is shifting. Here are seven reasons why a nurse practitioner may be the best primary care provider for you:
- Easier access. NPs increase access to care and reduce wait times.
- More face time. NPs often spend more time with patients.
- A well-centered approach. NPs have a holistic approach that focuses on wellness.
- Underserved access. NPs are more likely to serve in provider-shortage areas.
- Passion for care. NPs are the most satisfied health-care workers in the U.S.
- Sheer numbers. There will be 64,000 new NPs to choose from in the next 10 years.
- Excellent care. NPs provide high-quality, evidence-based care including education and health counseling.
Last year, NPs treated more than a billion patients. If you’re looking for a healthy primary care alternative, a nurse practitioner may be a perfect fit! Sometimes we need to look outside the "norms" to find affordable and quality solutions. A billion visits later, NPs are becoming the norm.
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