Linda Gottwald is a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. In addition to her work at Munson Medical, Linda Gottwald also directs a local animal shelter and serves as adjunct faculty for Northwestern Michigan College, where she supervises nursing students during community health rotations.
Staff Care, a healthcare staffing firm, recently conducted a survey on behalf of the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation (ANPF) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The company interviewed 222 nurse practitioners, asking them questions about their job satisfaction and outlook on the industry. Virtually all of the individuals who participated in the survey indicated that they were happy being a nurse practitioner, that they were optimistic about the future of the profession, and that they had high professional morale. While indicating general satisfaction among participants, the survey also showed that most participants felt overworked or strained, and few felt they could accept additional responsibilities or patients.