Wisconsin Experiences Advanced Practice Nurse Shortage as Population Ages

Rapid growth in job creation for advanced practice nurses is triggering recruitment challenges for Wisconsin hospitals, according to a recent study published by the Wisconsin Hospital Association and reported in The Business Journal.

According to the study, Wisconsin hospitals reported a 55 percent increase in the number employed advance practice nurses at their facilities, a 38 percent increase in CRNAs and a 25 percent increase in physician assistants between 2009 and 2011. The association credits the jump to difficulty recruiting primary care physicians and the positive impact that advance practice professionals can have on healthcare quality.

The report also found that other positions are experiencing historically low vacancy rates. Only three groups employed in hospitals had vacancy rates exceeding 5 percent: CRNAs, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

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