How to Recruit and Retain Advanced Practitioners

Debra Beaulieu, September 22, 2016

A health system executive shares tips for securing a satisfactory cultural fit, communication, pay, and work-life balance for NPs and PAs.

A health system executive shares tips for securing a satisfactory cultural fit, communication, pay, and work-life balance for NPs and PAs.

With demand dwarfing the supply of advanced practitioners, it's a good time to be a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. But even though such nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) essentially have their pick of where to work, they're not all satisfied with their current employment.

Nearly 16% of PAs and 19% of NPs expect to change jobs within one year, according to a survey of 1,070 advanced practice clinicians conducted by PracticeMatch, a provider of staffing resources. Overall, one-third of respondents said they'd consider a change.

For insights into how healthcare leaders can set NPP relationships up for success, I spoke with David Taylor, FACHE, FACMPE, corporate vice president of Cox Health in Springfield, MO. The following is an edited transcript.

Debra Beaulieu

Debra Beaulieu is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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