One-Third of NPs, PAs Plan to Change Jobs

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With their services rapidly growing in demand, nurse practitioners and physician assistants enjoy growing career options as healthcare employers compete to hire them at an unprecedented rate, a press release from PracticeMatch, a national corporation proving healthcare recruiting resources, notes.

PracticeMatch surveyed 1,070 advanced practice clinicians regarding their career goals and job preferences to provide some insight on today’s highly competitive recruiting climate for NPs and PAs.

According to the survey findings, advanced practice clinicians are quickly realizing their value and leveraging their status as hot candidates in the healthcare market. More than 80% of respondents have been contacted by a recruiting firm, and about a third expect to change jobs within the next few years, according to the survey results. Nearly 16% of PAs, and 19% of NPs expect to change jobs within one year.

The PracticeMatch survey revealed additional insights helpful to healthcare employers recruiting advanced practice clinicians. Employers will need to be prepared to offer competitive salaries and incentives to relocate, such as signing bonuses or relocation reimbursement, as almost half of respondents (43%) are unwilling to relocate any distance for a new job, and only 20% of candidates are willing to relocate outside of their geographic region. Top two priorities for a new job are “higher salary” and “better work/life balance,” with “better hours” ranking third on the list of incentives for finding a new job, which they expect to find relatively easily, within six months.

In addition, more than 83% of advanced practice clinicians surveyed indicated that they would prefer to be contacted directly by employers, as opposed to third-party recruiters.

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