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.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in South Carolina

November 29, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Nearly a quarter of all South Carolinians don’t have a personal healthcare provider, and each year approximately 14.9 percent of South Carolina’s adults report not seeing one because of concerns around cost. Altogether, the state has 95 primary care shortage areas, which affect nearly two million citizens in total. With a high obesity rate and over 12 percent of the population uninsured, South Carolinians desperately need access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.

The Benefits of Mentorship as a Nurse Practitioner

November 22, 2021 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

A productive mentee/mentor relationship may identify and remedy a novice nurse’s weaknesses and gaps in education. It assists in the merging of nursing philosophy, which is the foundation of nurse practitioner training, and the medical care model, which is the foundation for the practice of healthcare.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Hospice & Palliative Care NP

November 16, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life for patients facing serious illnesses and the side effects of their treatment; hospice care focuses on the palliation of terminally ill patients towards the end of their life. Both are of critical importance.

Ask a Professor: The NP Practice Environment in Alabama

November 11, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

As aging Baby Boomers begin to have more and more healthcare needs, Alabama is confronted with the complex challenge of providing high-quality, cost-effective care to all its citizens. The state’s 6,000-plus nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) could be an elegant part of the solution.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Forensic NP

November 2, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Forensic nurse practitioners (NPs) combine the nursing, forensic, and legal sciences to bring safety, medical treatment, and justice to their patients. Within a specialized practice setting, they apply a core forensic nursing education that informs a holistic, patient-centered, trauma-aware approach to the traditional NP role.

Scholarship Guide for Nurse Practitioner Schools (2021-2022)

October 14, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Scholarships for nurse practitioner schools have never been more plentiful. Whether you’re searching for a particular region, a particular specialization, a particular demographic, or even just general assistance, there’s a scholarship out there for you.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Pediatric NP

September 30, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

PNPs and pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) offer low-cost, high-quality care to children from birth to the transition to adult care. Over the last six decades, they’ve become an essential component of the healthcare workforce, providing a wide spectrum of healthcare services in primary, hospital, outpatient, and specialty care settings.

National Midwifery Week – The Role of Nurse-Midwives in Hospitals vs. Birth Centers

September 27, 2021 – Cevia Yellin

Based upon the belief that every person has the right to quality healthcare, midwifery’s personalized approach plays an important role in enhancing health equity and empowering individuals and communities.

Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Medicines? What to Know

September 24, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are an essential component of the American healthcare system. They provide high-quality, cost-effective care and significantly increase healthcare access, particularly in rural and underserved areas. But in many states, NPs face obtuse and outdated regulations that inhibit their ability to prescribe certain medicines, devices, and services to their patients.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as an Emergency NP

September 20, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Even in non-pandemic conditions, emergency departments (EDs) in the United States receive nearly 150 million visits per year. Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) are a key part of the interdisciplinary care team that quickly assesses, diagnoses, and treats the patients who make those ED visits.