One thing remains unchanged about our readers: Retail clinicians tend to love their jobs. In all, about 75% of readers said they are extremely (31%) or mostly (44%) satisfied with their current job working in a retail clinic. What has changed somewhat over the years is the chief reason retail clinicians seem to like what they do. For the first time, the ability to work directly with patients to improve health outcomes trumps the autonomy and independence the model affords clinicians who have worked in other practice settings, with more than 6-of-10 citing some aspect of patient care. But perhaps one reader said it best, “Doing what a nurse practitioner is supposed to do.”
Conducted in early July, approximately 200 providers participated in this year’s survey. Select results are published here. For the complete results, visit DrugStoreNews.com/SpecialReports.
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