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Advanced Practice and Specialties: There is growing demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). Rural facilities, in particular, have difficulty recruiting an adequate number of NPs and PAs. There is also a growing need for specialty RNs, such as those specializing in diabetic and neonatal care.

Employer Quote Region
"It has to be the answer in more rural areas. It's just far too difficult to recruit physicians into rural communities and the rural lifestyle after they've been absorbed within large urban areas as a part of medical school. It just costs too much to pull them out. And so PAs and NPs—with telemedicine connections—are in the future." Central
"From what I hear, in our health system, that's the wave right now—to get nurses in a master's program or other people to go into a PA program. You know, where are the programs? I know: Duluth. And I just read that [non-MnSCU college] is going to start up a PA program. I don't know where that college is, and whether they'll start the program or not. But I've heard that it's a possibility." Central
"We have had plenty of new grads apply, so no issues there right now. But some of the specialty positions, or the experienced RNs in certain areas, we've had a hard time finding." Metro
"Many who have the bachelor's degree are retiring, so trying to get replacements for that kind of experience and, like they were saying, some of the specialty areas are difficult to fill. We've got a problem." Metro
"One more area of concern right now is filling NP and PA positions." Northeast
"I think there was a national report out maybe a year-and-a-half ago on the augmented role of the NP in health care reform. And this will be an efficient, effective model. But my worry—because I know everyone's planning to be an NP—they don't even get to their two-year degree in college as an RN or BSN because they're planning on being an NP. But what if we haven't created the system to accommodate this great workforce that's out there? What if they all graduate and they can't find work?

Question: So, we're on a path to train a lot of NPs.

Employer: I think we are."
"One just graduated and got a job in Detroit Lakes. And is starting—I mean it's only been about four months since she graduated and she's employed already." Northwest
"I think that the challenge with the NP and the PA programs that we affiliate with—and we hire quite a few from them—is that it's the educational preparation that they need to have. It's a rural focus, but no one wants to go rural for their program.

Question: So, you don't have students who want to become PAs and who want to learn that in a rural setting?

Employer: They really flood the market in Fargo, and we have physicians that don't want to be preceptors for them because they're working with medical students and residents. It's very, very difficult right now to place a nurse practitioner. Usually we have probably 20 requests, and we're able to place three of them for their student experience.

Question: So, they really are hard to place?

Employer: Really hard to find beds. And our preference right now is we're just taking those students who are employees right now, but we know that they've made—they are going to come back and work within our system. And I have, I think, five right now and I'm having a very difficult time even with the system in Fargo of getting them placed, simply because of the volume of patients that the physicians have to see. There are a number of reasons, but it's very difficult to get even some of the advanced practice placed."
"Employer 1: I don't think they're getting jobs as family nurse practitioners. I see in our system that they're getting jobs working like maybe in sub-specialty areas. So, if the degree that they have—even though it's broad and it's family and maybe has a rural focus—they're being placed or they're looking for jobs because they maybe don't want to move outside that area.

Employer 2: So, it's not primary care?

Employer 1: It's not primary care."
"Those are probably the hottest positions that we're trying to recruit forEmployer: I think we are.—NPs and PAs. We grew by nearly half in the last seven years. We're at nearly five hundred NP positions. We anticipate the next year being equal as far as our hiring. Last year, we filled 140 positions. That's transfers and internal shuffles, too, but also a lot of new grads. I think we were hiring about 90, which is astronomical really. We anticipate, over the next few years, that that will be the number one thing. In regards to that, the things we're looking for are individuals who can make that jump from an RN to an advanced practitioner, and see their own patients. We struggle a bit with that piece." Southeast
"Our NP and PA populations have expanded almost exponentially over the last couple of years. We have them in every setting. They're in our ED, inpatient, senior services, home care hospice, long-term care, clinics, surgery—you know, pretty much across the board. And we've been fortunate to get a lot of really good individuals for that. I think that's the population that isn't yet—I mean it's relatively new. Everybody's going after them. The issue is really more about—because you can't get doctors—that becomes the next level. So right now, there is a lot going into those programs and we seem to be able to recruit for that from the upper-midwest part of the state." Southeast