NP/PA providers’ abilities and ambitions will change over time as well. Make sure that change goes both ways. You may find that their influence and impact on your organization’s productivity and growth go beyond their industry. Consider utilizing NP/PA providers in novel ways; maybe they have great onboarding skills, are fabulous at scheduling, or can look at a spreadsheet without going cross-eyed or bald.
Change is growth. And growth is good. Unless you would rather die.
HM Needs to Develop Innovative Care Models; NPs/PAs Provide a Platform for Innovation
Inpatient medicine is changing in a rapid and unpredictable way. Some of the necessity of that work is driven by financial incentives and quality indicators, but necessity is the biggest driver of all. People, patients, and providers are getting old (thank God it’s not just me). There simply are not enough physicians to care for our rapidly aging population, or if there are, they are all employed in sunny Southern California. How we respond to this threat or opportunity is one of our most important charges. We own the inpatient kingdom. We need to lead with benevolence and thoughtfulness. We need to really look ahead and identify new ways to manage the complexity of a system whose complexity continues to mutate like some avian virus. I can’t see a future without a crucial role played by my NP/PA brethren. Can we begin this conversation with the long view in mind and really begin to own this in a true and responsible way?
Thanks for your attention, and remember, in 2017 you will have forgotten all the ways, if any, that I was wrong. TH
Ms. Cardin is a nurse practitioner in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago and is chair of SHM’s NP/PA Committee. She is a newly elected SHM board member.