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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 blog and in-depth features uncover the stories behind the big issues by talking to nurse practitioners who know the subject best.
While NPs are completing their estimated 1.06 billion patient visits every year, professional associations at both the national and state level give them a unified voice. No matter where a nurse practitioner is, no matter what they specialize in, no matter whom they serve, a professional organization exists to support them in their efforts.
With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS, 2020) predicted that between 2018 and 2028, the demand for NPs will swell 28 percent. An incredible 53,300 new NP jobs are predicted during this time period, with an overall nation-wide job availability of 242,400.
In times of uncertainty, we rely on our ability to out-think the problem. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, and it has spurred many creative healthcare innovations. All over the world, governments and people are working together to provide new forms of protection, preventative measures, and tools to fight COVID-19.
The best gifts you can give are those that demonstrate the same level of thought, care, and kindness that NP grads will practice with their patients on a daily basis. This gift list is designed to help give you thoughtful, useful, and needful gifts that will help a NP graduate to celebrate and to succeed in the career they have worked so hard to advance through their schooling efforts.
Today, one in four rural care providers is a nurse practitioner, and the number is even higher in states with full practice authority laws. Further modernization of the scope of practice for NPs would decrease the number of patients living in rural primary care shortage areas from 23 million to 8 million, according to a report from United Health Group.
The problem is simple: there are not enough primary care physicians completing residency programs to replace the ones who are retiring. And the answer could be simple, too: over 58 percent of nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in primary care. What’s standing in the way is a set of outdated supervisory requirements, which say physicians are required to sign off, approve, or validate certain treatments performed by nurse practitioners.
As of April 20, COVID-19 has infected over 2.4 million people across the world and has caused unprecedented actions to be taken by many nations to flatten the curve. This novel strain of coronavirus has become one of the defining events of the 21st century—and we will be seeing the effects long after it’s gone.
In spring of 2019, nurses in New York said they’d had enough. Some were working with up to 18 patients at once, and the overload was causing safety issues for those receiving care as well as those providing it.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the evidence and the therapeutic value of medical cannabis, and supports nurse practitioners in speaking about it with their patients. But in some states, NPs can still be prosecuted (either criminally or professionally) for prescribing it.
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, there have been institutions in the news for scamming students with programs that provide little value and saddled them with costly loans. Thankfully, there are several organizations, public and nonprofit, established to help regulate higher education.