Do you believe there are effective strategies for APN strategic positioning in relation to pay equality? APNs should be positioned as low-cost providers that provide higher quality care, or for the same services and pay.
APNs are able to present themselves as low-cost providers that provide higher quality care. APNs might argue that their services can be more affordable and they offer better care for a lesser cost than doctors. As APNs can offer better and more affordable care, this argument could be used to argue for higher salaries. APNs who work in communities that are underserved can benefit from this argument.
APNs should be able to offer comparable value, the same service, and equal pay. Another strategy for APNs would be to advocate for the same worth, same service, and similar pay. APNs should be paid equal because they provide the same quality of care as doctors. APNs can use this argument to argue for equal pay between physicians and APNs, since it makes APNs appear as equal providers. APNs can use this tactic to their advantage if they have the same education and training that physicians, and offer the same services.
The best strategy for APNs depends on the individual and context within which they advocate for equal pay. APNs may find it useful to use both strategies, positioning themselves as low-cost providers while still providing high-quality care. This will allow them to argue for equal worth and pay equality.