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Rural nurse practitioners work with more autonomy than urban nurse practitioners

Rural nurse practitioners work with more autonomy than urban nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) represent 1-in-5 primary care clinicians and their ranks are growing faster than doctors particularly in rural areas, where nearly half of all primary care practices employ at least one NP. Some have speculated that one attraction of rural practice locations for NPs may be the ability to practice autonomously and fully use their training and licensure. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH), Urban Institute, and athenahealth, Inc. show that rural NPs do indeed practice with greater autonomy than their urban counterparts.