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How to Recruit and Retain Advanced Practitioners

Analysis  |  By Debra Shute  
   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.

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.


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Debra Shute is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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