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.
Approximately six million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year. Their conditions are often complex, and the corresponding treatment environment can be intense. This is just one part of the broader world of acute care, which is based on the short-term treatment of, and/or recovery from, severe and urgent conditions.
An oncology nurse practitioner (NP) is a highly-trained, board-certified health professional who specializes in treating patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. They also consult with families, provide ongoing education, and work both independently and in close collaboration with other members of the care team. Oncology is a subspecialty that’s both highly complex and continually evolving: as our scientific understanding of cancer and its treatments changes, so does the way that oncology NPs interact with their patients.
One of the main benefits of birth center services administered by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) is women’s care. This may include a variety of healthcare services beginning prior to pregnancy and continuing well beyond the childbearing years.
The retirement of the Baby Boomers represents a monumental shift in American demographics, and the consequences are particularly stark in the field of healthcare. As the largest generation ever ages into retirement, a gap is widening between the demand for healthcare services and the number of skilled healthcare workers who are able to provide them. A 2020 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projected that the US would see a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 primary care physicians by 2033.
By 2025, one in five North Carolinians will be over the age of 65. In the next two decades, the state expects its senior population to increase by 61 percent. As the state continues to age, its healthcare needs will grow in tandem: recent surveys found that of North Carolina’s senior population, 84 percent had at least one chronic disease. The need is particularly acute in rural areas. North Carolina’s nurse practitioners (NPs) could be the answer.
It’s a perfect storm: we’re facing a global pandemic that has pushed our healthcare system to the limit, accelerated regulatory changes, and necessitated technological innovation. Healthcare, as it was before Covid-19, will never be the same—and it’s still being reimagined as we speak.
Unfortunately, Virginia is still a restricted practice state, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). That means Virginia’s NPs encounter barriers to practicing to the full extent of their training: the state’s recently graduated NPs are required to enter into a collaborative agreement with a supervising physician.
Nurse practitioners have an opportunity to work to overcome vaccine hesitancy, influence human behavior, and be community leaders. There is a need for reliable, trusted information as well as advocacy for responsible, evidence-based practice and public health policy.
As the Baby Boomers enter retirement, the nation is experiencing a worsening primary care crunch: more and more Americans need primary care services, but medical schools aren’t supplying enough primary care physicians to meet that need. The problem is particularly acute in Georgia, which ranks 41st in the nation for overall health.
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.