Increased strains on the health care system have revealed a shortage in primary and acute care providers. The United States is predicted to face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians across both primary care and specialties by 2033. This need is particularly high in rural communities, where 20% of the U.S. population lives but only 9% of the nation’s physicians practice.*
Skilled nurse practitioners are best positioned to help bridge this gap. Job growth for nurse practitioners is the highest of all health care-related occupations and the second highest of all major occupational groups. Employment of nurse practitioners is expected to increase 45% between 2019 and 2029, generating 110,700 new openings.**
Graduates of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s online MSN program are expertly prepared to meet this growing demand for advanced nursing professionals. MSN degree holders can qualify for positions in settings spanning urban hospitals, rural clinics, schools, urgent care facilities, clinical research sites, community organizations, and more.
*Association of American Medical Colleges
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Careers and average salaries for MSN graduates
Family Nurse Practitioner
Provide primary care services for patients across their lifespan.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Care for adults/elderly patients with acute, chronic conditions.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Help patients of all ages better manage psychiatric conditions.
Lead the continuing education and evaluation of nurses and caregivers.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Assess, diagnose, and manage patients’ health concerns and prescribe needed medications.
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