It’s a great time to be a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant. Advanced Practice Providers are seeing lots of growth. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) NP and PA are projected to grow 30-31 percent from 2014 to 2024 which is much faster than the average for other occupations. Advanced Practice Providers have plenty of jobs to choose from right now.
Top 10 Qualities
It’s important to know what qualities physicians, practice managers and department managers are looking for in the Advanced Practice Providers they want to hire. In addition to your education, certifications and work history employers look for these traits in the Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants they hire.
- Communication – Having above average verbal and written skills is a must. You need to be able to speak effectively with your patients. Listening is one of those things we forget to do sometimes but it’s vital for advanced practice providers. Using the time you have with your patients to listen and find out what they need, you are able to use your skills and knowledge to give the patient the care and information they need.
- Compassion and Caring – Patients want someone who genuinely cares about them and their loved ones. They want to see a provider who is empathetic to their needs. Employers hire providers who convey that compassion to their patients.
- Integrity – Employers look for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with ethics and integrity. They need providers who can be trusted to do the right thing at all times.
- Hard Worker – Being a successful Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant isn’t easy. It takes physical and mental stamina to handle the long hours on your feet. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle so you can handle the rigors of the job.
- Organized and Detail Oriented – Your day involves seeing patients, writing orders, getting the dosage right and charting your findings. Being accurate is vital. A mistake, even a small one could have consequences for the patient. Good time management and making sure your time is scheduled effectively is important and helps you stay organized.
- Upbeat, Enthusiastic Team Player – Enthusiasm is something all Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants need to convey. You want to be the person, who comes to work with a positive, can do attitude. Patients respond to it and so do your coworkers.
- Excellent Problem Solver – Having good critical thinking skills and being creative will help you be a top notch problem solver. Medicine is complicated and every patient is different; you need to be a provider willing to find the solution.
- Flexible / Adaptable – Medicine has lots of moving parts and you have to be ready for it. Emergencies pop up, doctors change orders, as the Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, you have to be prepared for the unpredictable things that happen during the day and adapt and make the solid decisions. It good for you to be someone who can work with all types of people. Flexibility can also be in terms of schedule, on call schedule.
- Self-Confidence – Be confident in you – your skills, knowledge and abilities. Your confidence is paramount to giving quality patient care. In addition, your self- confidence makes it easy for you to work independently. Physicians trust confident providers. Though confidence doesn’t mean you know it all – so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Resourceful and Knowledgeable – Doing what’s necessary to get the job done. That could mean finding additional resources and information for your patients. You want to be someone who can retain and use the information to help your patients and your practice.
Take the time to evaluate yourself and see your strengths and any areas you might need a little work. Being the best provider you can is great for you and your patients.