Cultural Shift in APPs in Healthcare

October 13th, 2023
Terry Lin, PA-C, MSPASOctober 13th, 2023

In today’s new era of ever-changing dynamics, a company’s culture should be reflective of modern beliefs and ideas. The Healthcare industry is no different. As the United States faces a shortage of physicians, the demand for Advance Practice Providers (APPs) – Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioners – has risen to address this scarcity. The expansion of medical care has been made possible by APP’s and will continue to flourish with the evolving markets. The expansion of medical care owes much to the contribution of APPs, enabling the industry to flourish in evolving markets. However, as times and expectations shift, the culture and practice must also adapt.

Providers? Employees? Or Hybrid?

The shifting mentality of APPs to embrace greater accountability is paramount. Healthcare has transformed to a collaborative unit, where the physician assumes the role of quarterback, and each member possesses a specific function to fulfill. Just as a team relies on every player to support the team, the profession requires experienced PAs and NPs to invest time, effort, and care into perfecting their craft. This growth demands a commitment to continuous learning - participation in professional organizations, workshops, and staying up-to-date through journals and literature. With more responsibilities come more accountability.

Work Life Balance

This cultural shift resonates beyond the confines of medical practice. Balancing work and personal life have become essential for maintaining overall well-being. In today’s workforce, people seek fulfillment and emphasize the importance of being in the right environment with like-minded individuals. The expression “Birds of a feather flock together,” states true. Attitudes and sentiments within a team collectively shape the work culture. Fostering a positive atmosphere, marked by transparency, individual check-ins, and participation, empowers every member to contribute authentically. Checking in on staff should not be limited to managers, colleagues should also engage in this practice.

Artificial Intelligence and Technology

The rapid progress of Artificial Intelligence has opened doors to enhance healthcare practices, yet it also brings the risk of drowning practitioners with excess information and demands on their time. Embracing telemedicine allows for streamlined follow-ups with uncomplicated patients, while wearable technologies empower patients to take charge of their own progress. While the technology offers substantial advantages, the key to success is effectively condensing and utilizing the surplus of information effectively.

Dynamic of Culture

The dynamic of work culture is collective and a two-way street. To progress, we must recognize one another’s origins and shared destinations. With the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the movement forward is essential, just as the scenic view along the journey enhances the experience. As APPs adapt to their roles and embrace accountability, the healthcare environment will continue to change, at that point we too will adapt and overcome.

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