NPSchools.com Nursing Features
The nurse practitioner profession is growing at a rapid pace. And with growth comes change. Today’s nurse practitioners are dealing with staff shortages in rural areas, changes in educational standards, and battles for wider practice authority in select states. What will tomorrow’s nurse practitioners be concerned with? Our interview-based features and in-depth resource guides uncover the stories behind the big issues by talking to nurse practitioners who know the subject best.
CRNA care is safe, cost-effective, and a critical resource for the rural and veteran communities. But barriers remain to unlocking the full potential of the profession, and CRNAs are banding together to make their voices heard on these issues.
Many NP conferences work to expand the recognition of the importance of the NP role to healthcare, connect NPs to one another in order to create advocacy and business partnerships, and provide NPs with the continuing education needed to maintain active board certification.
Scholarships for nurse practitioner schools have never been more plentiful. Whether you’re searching by a particular region, a particular specialization, a particular demographic, or even just general assistance, there’s a scholarship out there for you.
Often, the first few months out of school and in the workforce are the most difficult for a nurse practitioner, who in some settings may be expected to perform as many as 80 percent of the same duties a physician would. Fellowships and residencies smooth the transition, offering extra hands-on experience and allowing for further specialization.
The retirement of the Baby Boomers is leading to a nationwide primary care crisis, where there won’t be enough primary care physicians to meet the demands of the population. But in some states, like Michigan, the crisis might already be here. Michigan has 261 Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) that do not have enough primary care providers for the local population.
With three out of every four NPs staring down a debt horizon, understanding student loan forgiveness may spell the difference between a career that feels like indentured servitude and one that feels like a career choice made freely.
While much of an NP’s continuing education happens in a way that is hands-on, practical, and in response to what they encounter as they practice, maintaining licensure and professional certification requires practicing NPs to adequately complete formal continuing education as well.
Whether you’re looking for personal missives, professional opinions, or emerging news stories in nursing, following these nurse practitioner Twitter accounts can plug you into the ongoing conversation.
Some nurse practitioner (NP) programs require an interview. With thoughtful preparation, the interview can provide NP faculty with valuable insights into the strengths of an applicant’s candidacy.
This year’s annual Nurse Practitioner Week is from November 8 to 14, honoring NPs across the country for their contributions to the health of the nation. NP Week isn’t just a celebration, though; it’s also a call to action. Advocacy efforts by individual NPs and by professional organizations such as AANP are critical for advancing the profession and meeting the needs of the American public.