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Residency Programs For Nurse Practitioners Becoming More Common

During a year-long residency program for new nurse practitioners, Shawn Marie Fox sees her own patients two afternoons a week. (Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio)
During a year-long residency program for new nurse practitioners, Shawn Marie Fox sees her own patients two afternoons a week. (Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio)

Faced with a shortage of primary care doctors, more and more clinics are relying on nurse practitioners to fill the gap. But that creates another gap, in the level of training providers bring to the job.

As Rowan Moore Gerety of Northwest Public Radio reports, residency programs, once reserved for physicians, are popping up for nurse practitioners as well.

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