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.

Why Aren’t There More Male Nurse Practitioners?

October 5, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

According to 2022 data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), female NPs outnumber male NPs by more than eight to one in the US. That’s only marginally better than the gender ratio for all nurses in the US, which is just under ten to one in favor of female nurses.

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

October 3, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners (NPs) who specialize in urology focus on issues related to the upper and lower urinary tract system, which includes the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder, and the urethra. Urologic NPs may also treat conditions involving the reproductive system.

NP vs Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

September 29, 2022 – Rachel Drummond

Each state board of nursing (SBON) has unique definitions, but the four common APRN titles are nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and certified nurse-midwives (CNM).

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Resources (2022-2023) – Contact Hours & Units

September 28, 2022 – Becca Brewer

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.

Day in the Life of an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

September 26, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Orthopedics is a specialty dealing with issues related to muscles and bones. If that sounds like a large swathe of medical territory, that’s because it is: approximately one in three people in the US are affected by a musculoskeletal condition.

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

September 20, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Pulmonology NPs specialize in issues related to the respiratory system. Those issues can include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, and sleep apnea. They can work in both inpatient and outpatient settings, treating both acute and chronic conditions.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Connecticut

September 15, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

To practice in Connecticut as a nurse practitioner (NP) requires an understanding of coexisting extremes. The third smallest state in the nation, Connecticut is also the fourth most densely populated, and income inequality is one of its top health challenges. But in this relatively tiny area, an enviable amount of good exists: public health funding is up 47 percent year-over-year, and the state is ranked third best in the US for overall health outcomes, according to the United Health Foundation (UHF).

How Can I Become an NP Without a Nursing Degree?

September 12, 2022 – Rachel Drummond

If you’re ready for a career change and to make a difference in people’s lives, read on for a step-by-step guide to becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) without a nursing degree.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) vs Physician Assistant or Associate (PA)

September 7, 2022 – Rachel Drummond

Pursuing a clinical healthcare career isn’t limited to becoming a physician. With a two-year master’s degree, one can become a nurse practitioner (NP) or a physician associate/assistant (PA) and provide primary or specialized care in clinical settings.

Which U.S. States Have the Highest Demand for Nurse Practitioners?

September 1, 2022 – Becca Brewer

With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS 2021) predicted that between 2020 and 2030, the demand for NPs will swell by 52 percent. An incredible 114,900 new NP jobs are predicted during this time period.