N502. Module 8 Discussion.docx - As the nation shifts through proposed solutions to the shortage of primary care physicians one option would be to fill

N502. Module 8 Discussion.docx - As the nation shifts...

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As the nation shifts through proposed solutions to the shortage of primary care physicians, one option would be to fill the gap with so-called physician extenders, or mid-levels such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). That was the option promoted in a 2010 Institute of Medicine report, which also suggested expanding a nurses' scope of practice. Hospital medicine is a growing field with an increasing demand for additional healthcare providers, especially in the face of an aging, abundant population. Reductions in resident duty hours, coupled with a continued deficit of medical school graduates to appropriately meet the demand, require an additional workforce of health care providers to counter the shortage. A major dilemma of incorporating nonphysician providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants into a hospital medicine practice is their varying academic backgrounds and inpatient care experiences. Medical institutions seeking to add NP’s and PA’s to their hospital
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