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 NP Practice Environment in North Carolina

March 24, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

An Expert’s Advocacy Guide – GI Nurses & Associates Week (2021)

March 22, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

GI Nurses & Associates Week (March 21-27, 2021) marks an occasion to celebrate the work and impact of GI nurses and the broader GI care team. Safe and effective gastroenterological care requires far more than a GI physician—and increasingly, GI nurses and GI nurse practitioners (NPs) are stepping in to ensure the GI health of the nation.

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

March 16, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice providers are playing 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 that has 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.

Healthcare Tech, Trends & Companies to Follow in 2021

March 2, 2021 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

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.

Ask a Professor: Autonomous Practice Licensure for Virginia’s NPs

February 22, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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 Positioned to Play a Key Role in Defeating the Covid-19 Pandemic

February 16, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

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.

Ask a Professor: Georgia’s NPs and the Fight for Full Practice Authority

February 8, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Top Blogs for Nurse Practitioners & Students (2021)

February 1, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The journey to becoming a nurse practitioner can seem overwhelming at times, but the best nurse practitioner blogs make you feel less alone and more equipped to take the first steps.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Fellowships & Residencies (2021)

December 21, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Often, the first few months out of school and in the workforce are the most difficult for a nurse practitioner, who in some settings may be expected to perform as many as 80 percent of the same duties a physician would. Fellowships and residencies smooth the transition, offering extra hands-on experience and allowing for further specialization.

Ask the Professors: The Fight for Full Practice Authority in Michigan

December 15, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

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.