Nurse practitioners have been a part of Missouri’s health care scene for the past fifty years. The state has a shortage of primary care doctors, but state laws restrict nurse practitioners from filling that void.
Few nurse practitioners find a way to open their own practice with these restrictions in place, but Pat Bauer, who opened her practice in Wildwood, Missouri last May, found a way.
When she finished her schooling, Bauer applied to more than 30 jobs. She heard back from just two.
One of the interviews particularly sticks out in Bauer’s mind.