HealthDay News — Nearly all of nurse practitioners who participated in a recent survey indicated they were satisfied with their career, according to an article in Medical Economics.

Researchers from Staff Care surveyed 222 nurse practitioners (NPs) to assess their feelings about their job and the future of their profession.

All participants reported having positive feelings about being an NP, and 99% reported being positive and optimistic about the future of their profession, according to the report.

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In terms of professional morale, 98% rated outlook as positive. However, 81% of NPs said they feel overworked and overextended, or reported being at full capacity. Only 19% said they felt they have time for more patients and expanded duties.

“The hope is that nurse practitioners can help address prevailing physician shortages,” Margaret Crump, MPH, chief operating officer of the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation, said in a press release. “However, there are already signals that nurse practitioners themselves are overextended.”