Nation May Face 20% Shortage in Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses in 2025

The country is facing a significant shortage in its supply of physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, as the supply of all three professionals will be 20 percent less than demand in 2025, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Along with physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants constitute a workforce of "advanced clinicians." APNs and PAs are expected to play larger roles in healthcare as the physician shortage hits, but this study has revealed that their professions will also be in higher demand.

Even if the positions' number of entry-level residents increases by 500 per year, the gap between supply and demand will still be more than 15 percent. The study concluded that efforts must be made to expand the output of clinicians in the three disciplines while also strengthening the infrastructure of clinical practice.

Read the study from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons on the pending shortage of advanced practice nurses and physician assistants.

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