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.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Tennessee

July 19, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The Volunteer State needs better access to quality, affordable healthcare services. Tennessee’s nurse practitioners (NPs) are equipped to provide many of those services, and eager to do so. But antiquated legislation is still preventing them from practicing to the full extent of their training, and the state’s NPs are pushing back with new research.

What are the Best States for NPs & Other APRNs (2021-2022)?

July 12, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

In ranking the best states for NPs and other APRNs, we utilized the following sources: job growth data, average annual salaries, and regulatory (or practice authority) status.

Ask a Professor: The NP Practice Environment in Indiana

July 7, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Like many other states, Indiana desperately needs an influx of capable and cost-efficient primary care providers. But medical schools can’t graduate enough physicians to meet the need, and fewer physicians are going into primary care than ever before. NPs could be a significant part of the solution to Indiana’s healthcare shortages.

A Guide to Malpractice Insurance for NPs

July 2, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Malpractice insurance, also known as professional liability insurance, does just that: it protects NPs from the costs associated with claims of negligence or incompetence, including costs related to liability and legal defense. As the role and responsibility of NPs continue to increase, it’s essential that NPs be adequately covered.

A Guide to Preceptorships for Nurse Practitioners

June 14, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Preceptorships are particularly useful for NP students and NPs who are transitioning into a new specialty area and they are almost always required to complete an MSN or DNP degree program.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Pediatric Patients & Teams: An Interview with Dr. Jessica Peck, DNP

June 7, 2021 – Rachel Drummond

As we begin a slow and steady recovery from the worldwide devastation of Covid-19, parents and caretakers are wondering: “How will our children be affected by this pandemic?” After more than a year of living, working, and schooling at home in isolation, every aspect of family, personal, and professional life has dramatically shifted in ways that no one could have predicted.

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences—And How NPs Can Help

June 2, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Adverse childhood experiences have an enormous impact on future substance abuse, violence, victimization and perpetration, sexually transmitted infections, delayed brain development, lower educational attainment, reduced employment opportunities, and a lifetime of increased negative health outcomes and increased risk of disease.

A Guide to Telehealth & Remote Nursing for NPs

June 1, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

By connecting with patients digitally, telehealth providers can better allocate healthcare resources, and increase access to care in underserved populations and regions. If utilized to its full potential, telehealth could be a revolutionary force in American healthcare.

Social Determinants of Health and Their Effect on Health Outcomes: A Case Study

May 19, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

The Marshallese make up no more than 3 percent of Northwest Arkansas' population, but in July of 2020 they had suffered half of the Covid-19 deaths in the region. In order to understand how this occurred we will look at the social determinants that led to such disparity and negative health outcomes.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Massachusetts

May 13, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The nation is facing down a primary care crunch. As the Baby Boomer generation retires, medical schools can’t graduate primary care physicians at a rate sufficient to meet the growing medical needs of an aging population. A 2020 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found that the US could see a shortage of up to 139,000 primary care physicians by 2033. Some states are better equipped to handle this than others—Massachusetts is now one of them.