NPs & PAs Are Talking – NP Residencies, Practice Barriers, Salary, Election
ADVANCE for NPs &
PAs staff is bracing for Hurricane Sandy near Philadelphia, Pa. today, and
we wish the best to all those along the East coast who are suffering from the
Across the country, NPs and PAs are still heating up our
communities with the latest in healthcare. On our article "NP
Residency Programs and Healthcare Reform," some NPs are speaking out.
"Nurses continue to make things hard on the profession as well as the public
with these outlandish practice requirements. We are purposely trying to compete
with physicians. Additionally, those of us who are not from as privileged
backgrounds as others seem to be slowly and slyly weeded out in an attempt to
throw us out or under the bus," Denise, RN, BSN, MHA, NP student, said. Do you
agree with her assessment? Read more about these programs and share your
thoughts with us.
It is not just through education that NPs have found
frustration. Reader Terry commented on our article "Establishing
an Independent Nurse Practitioner Practice" with the barriers she has seen
NPs face as a SCORE counselor. "The biggest stumbling block has been obtaining
insurer contracts and receiving adequate reimbursement for services," Terry
said. If you are an NP practice owner, have you encountered these problems?
What were your resolutions?
Reader Neelia commented on our National
Salary Report 2011 with further issues affecting NPs. "I started out as new
grad at about $40 per hour. Now I make $50-$70 per hour depending on the location with
travel, housing and a rental car paid. It's all about negotiating. I can only
encourage other NPs to negotiate for what you are worth. It's up to the NP to
explain your worth and value and what you bring to the clinic." The best way to
see the changes in NP salary and compensation is to share your most current
information with us. Our 2012
National Salary Survey of NPs and PAs data collection ends in only two days
on Wednesday, Oct. 31. If you haven't taken the survey yet, do
There also isn't much time before the 2012
presidential election. ADVANCE compiled extensive election coverage with
special attention to healthcare workers. With our election coverage, you can
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