America is experiencing a severe nursing shortage. Due to high demand, those who are able to meet the challenge of obtaining a nursing degree have many employment paths to choose from. Those looking to make the right career path choice might consider what setting is best for working parents, or the benefits of independent practices from an operational or clinical standpoint. Here are the stories of three nurses who share why choosing to work for an independent pediatric practice was right for them.
At Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in Colorado, Dr. Jay Rabinowitz took a leap into the unknown by bringing licensed mental health professionals into his practice as employees. Dr. Mark Harris went on a similar journey in Vermont, where he integrated mental health services into his practice, Upper Valley Pediatrics, in the 1990s. In both locations, integrated mental health care has been beneficial for patients and providers, filling a dire need in the community.
Vermont’s Dr. Richard “Mort” Wasserman, director of the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Network from the American Academy of Pediatrics, explains how practices can use their own electronic health record data to conduct clinical and observational research aimed at improving care.