HRO Today April 2014 - 46

Healthcare Hiring
Can Demand Keep
Up With Supply?
Doctor shortages add hiring pressure, create new opportunities.
By Ralph Henderson
It may be surprising, but a growing number of healthcare
professionals are hired, not by hospitals and large health
systems, but nontraditional retail clinics, such as the one in
the supermarket down the block or the pharmacy across
the street. They're the professionals necessary to staff these
clinics, sometimes referred to as convenient care clinics,
which provide a limited range of basic preventive and
primary care services to walk-in patients.
They appeal to many people who are, for various reasons,
unable or unwilling to make a trip to a doctor's office
for a scheduled appointment. Many people find it easier
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and more convenient to drop into a retail clinic for a sore
throat or a worrisome pain, especially in the evenings or on
weekends when a doctor's office would be closed. Whatever
the cause, a growing number of people seek care at the
facilities located in these retail environments.
What's the impact on HR? The clinics are eagerly hiring
nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide basic
primary-care services to walk-in patients. While many are run
by physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants
are also well represented among clinicians working in these
centers. In fact, in 2012, more than 5,000 nurse practitioners

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