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.

An NP’s Perspective: How Nurse Practitioners Can Decrease Healthcare Costs

January 4, 2024 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, nurse practitioners are a proven answer to the evolving movement towards preventative health care and wellness. Evidence has proven that NPs consistently provide cost-effective, high-quality care to patients. This has been exhibited in various healthcare settings, such as primary care, acute care, and long-term care.

Day in the Life of a Pain Management Nurse Practitioner (NP)

December 28, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

The ways in which we understand, treat, and manage pain are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, applying increasingly nuanced and individual approaches to what was once seen as a uniform symptom. Pain management NPs are at the forefront of that evolution, helping to pioneer the biopsychosocial model of pain management and push the field forward through research into multimodal methods of treating pain.

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

December 12, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice providers play an increasingly important role in the American healthcare system. These are expertly trained health professionals capable of providing high-quality, cost-effective care to an aging population with varied needs. NPs deal in far more than just primary care: since the NP role was established in 1965, it’s grown to include a number of specializations, including gastroenterology.

Scholarship Guide for Nurse Practitioner Schools (2024)

December 8, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

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

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Transplant Nurse Practitioner (NP)

December 7, 2023 – Matt Zbrog

The first successful kidney transplant was performed in 1954, signaling a new era in medical practice. Today, transplants of kidneys, lungs, hearts, livers, and pancreata are all considered routine procedures. Alongside the development of immunosuppressant drugs and an increasing number of donors, more and more patients can live longer, healthier lives: 2021 set the record for the most organ transplants in the United States.

Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Medicines? What to Know

December 7, 2023 – 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.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in South Carolina

December 7, 2023 – 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.

How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Make? A Comprehensive Guide (2024)

December 5, 2023 – Becca Brewer, MEd

The average nurse practitioner's salary across the nation varies by source. According to the BLS (May 2021), NPs made an average annual mean wage of $118,040. And according to the 1,976 NPs who self-reported salaries on (2022), the average NP salary came in at $100,531.

Challenges in the Workplace as an NP

December 4, 2023 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Challenges in the workplace for NPs include working in a restrictive practice setting; dynamics with coworkers; patient interactions; schedules; and transitioning as an RN to NP. Some of these workplace challenges are specific to NPs, while others can be found in any healthcare job.

NC-SARA and Online Nurse Practitioner Programs: What to Know

December 1, 2023 – Kimmy Gustafson

Standardizing education to ensure a minimum level of quality has been a huge problem as the number of institutions offering higher education increases. Over the past decade, institutions have been in the news for scamming students with programs that provide little value and saddle them with costly loans. Thankfully, several public and nonprofit organizations are established to help regulate higher education.