Comparison of Specialty Distribution of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in North Carolina, 1997-2013

Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C; Anna Johnson, PhD, MSPH; Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP

March 2015

Research Brief

Key Findings:

  • NPs and PAs are a flexible workforce that the nation can draw upon to meet emerging healthcare needs
  • There are important similarities and differences between NPs and PAs that should be considered in workforce policy design
  • Future research should advance understanding of mutable individual, educational, professional, and system level factors affecting specialty choice among NPs and PAs
  • Polices to attract NPs and PAs to specialties where they are most needed should be developed, tested, and implemented



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