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.

Day in the Life of a Correctional Nurse Practitioner (NP)

February 6, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Throughout most of history, the standard of care in correctional medicine has been poor, but correctional NPs have helped change it for the better. This is a young and impactful specialty practice area where NPs can play a significant role in shaping the future of the field.

A Policy Perspective: How NPs Expand Healthcare Access to Rural Areas

February 1, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Approximately 46 million Americans live in rural areas, nearly 15 percent of the nation’s population. Those rural residents tend to be older and sicker than residents of urban areas, with higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. A lack of reliable healthcare access exacerbates the problem further.

Cardiovascular Professionals Week Resources & Advocacy Guide (2023)

January 30, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Cardiovascular Professionals Week takes place from February 12-18, 2023. Hosted by the Association of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP), it marks an opportunity to recognize the dedication, professionalism, and impact of those who deliver emergent and routine cardiovascular care to some of the most vulnerable and intensive populations in the healthcare system.

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Nurse Practitioners: What to Know

January 17, 2023 – Becca Brewer

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.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Conferences (2023)

January 12, 2023 – Becca Brewer

Many NP conferences work to expand the recognition of the importance of the NP role in healthcare, connect NPs to one another to create advocacy and business partnerships, and provide NPs with the continuing education needed to maintain active board certification.

How to Become a Clinical Nurse Specialist

January 4, 2023 – Kimmy Gustafson

A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice registered nurse who provides expert nursing care to patients with complex medical needs. CNSs play a vital role in the healthcare system, providing critical care and guidance to patients and their families. They also work closely with other healthcare team members, including doctors and nurses, to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

National CRNA Week Resources & Advocacy Guide (2023)

January 3, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

CRNA care is safe, cost-effective, and a critical resource for rural and veteran communities. But barriers remain to unlocking the profession's full potential, and CRNAs are banding together to make their voices heard on these issues.

Travel Nurse Practitioner (NP) Jobs: What to Look for Before Going Remote

December 14, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Before going remote, a travel NP should contemplate their priorities in choosing an assignment. Are they concerned about taxes or practice autonomy? Or are they just looking for a place to work that seems welcoming and with a fair patient-to-provider ratio?

NPs & HIV/AIDS Awareness Month Advocacy Guide

December 8, 2022 – Kimmy Gustafson

HIV/AIDS is a critical public health issue that demands attention. In 2019, the most recent statistics available, the CDC reported that there were 36,801 new HIV infections in the US. While this number is a 9 percent decrease since 2015, it is still alarmingly high.

Day in the Life of an HIV Nurse Practitioner (NP)

December 7, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to spread awareness about how far medical science has come with HIV and AIDS, and also a chance to celebrate the crucial work with communities at risk for, and living with, HIV and AIDS.