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The Role of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Hospital Medicine

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are vital members of today's multidisciplinary healthcare teams. These key individuals are charged with the mission of improving the quality of patient care, expediting access to the healthcare team and increasing patient satisfaction.

As the current healthcare delivery system continues to expand, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are in increasing demand to ensure high quality of care for the hospitalized patient.

The Society of Hospital Medicine: Supporting Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Hospital Medicine

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the field of hospital medicine. SHM offers programs, resources and meetings for physician assistants and nurse practitioners through:

  • A committee and educational programming dedicated to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • An online community specifically for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in hospital medicine.
  • The opportunity  to become a Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) or Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM)
  • The development of best practices designed to integrate nurse practitioners and physician assistants into the healthcare team to ensure the highest quality of care.
  • Unique SHM membership benefits including discounts to SHM events and meetings, networking opportunities and complimentary subscriptions to The Hospitalist and the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

The Value of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can provide value and benefits to a hospital medicine practice. The following resources offer more insight into the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in hospital medicine:

Collaboration for Non-Physicians

SHM provides numerous opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to get involved to advance their knowledge and skills, and to expand their professional network.