Shockingly, 50% of nurses have thought about leaving their profession, according to a recent study by RN Network. Simply stated, they’re burning out. Up until now, it’s been a malady that’s been hidden from view, despite it’s negative impact on the quality of patient care. Whether one is referring to physicians or nurses, the signs and symptoms of burnout are the same: emotional exhaustion, detachment, cynicism, and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment.
Office visits to primary care physicians declined by 18 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to a recent study by the Health Care Cost Institute. The HCCI analysts limited their observations to adults younger than age 65 with employer-sponsored health insurance. When other patients were included, "they noted a 2 percent decrease in all PCP office visits from 2012 to 2016" (medscape.com). The question is "Why?"
Last week was National Nurses Week, but we think recognition for our talented – and much needed – nursing professionals shouldn’t be limited to a single week. At Interim Physicians, we recognize the hard work and dedication of all nurses and understand our country desperately needs these healthcare professionals. That’s why, in addition to staffing physician jobs, we often work with nurse practitioners (NPs) to place them in locum tenens jobs across the United States.
Topics: Nurse Practitioners