Why Nurse Practitioners are a Solution to Rural Healthcare Challenges

NPs could ease “care deserts” created by physician shortages and rural hospital closings. Nearly 80% of rural U.S. counties are medical deserts, according to the NRHA. About 35% of all U.S. counties are “total maternity deserts”—no access to prenatal or delivery services—and another 54% are considered partial deserts, which equates to 7 million women without access to maternity care, according to the March of Dimes.

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