Healthcare is an ever-evolving field. In the not too distant past, there were doctors and nurses. That was it, before the late 1960s with the creation of Nurse Practitioners.
They fill the traditional roles of both doctors and nurses, and the position is ever-growing in popularity.
To give you an idea, ten years ago, there were about 130,000 Nurse Practitioners in the US. As of 2018, there are more than 248,000.
CHI Family Nurse Practitioner Billie Madler explains, “Those Nurse Practitioners are seeing over 1-billion patient visits annually, and so they are filling an incredible need in meeting a demand in the healthcare industry. And that’s really where the whole profession started from, was meeting a need.”