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.

AANP President Interview: The Importance of the Flu Vaccine

October 22, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

As the global community races towards a vaccine against Covid-19, healthcare workers are fighting to remind the public about the importance of vaccinations, including the one that already exists to combat the seasonal flu.

Ask a Professor: The Fight for Full Practice Authority by Pennsylvania’s NPs

October 19, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Those who suffer the worst from the primary care crisis are seniors, veterans, and residents of rural areas. In Pennsylvania, the state’s 15,000-plus nurse practitioners (NPs) could be part of the solution.

Ask a Professor: The Fight for Expanded Practice Authority for Ohio’s NPs

October 7, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Medical schools are not graduating enough primary care physicians to meet the needs of an aging population—and Ohio is not immune from the crisis.

A Day in the Life of a Telecommuting Nurse Practitioner

September 14, 2020 – Becca Brewer

A 100 percent telecommuting NP works in a software-based virtual environment in the physical location of their choice.

Ask a Professor: The Fight for Full Practice Authority in Illinois

September 2, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

The need for qualified healthcare professionals is acute and increasing. Nurse practitioners (NPs) could play a prominent role in meeting that need.

Guide to the Most Useful Mobile Apps for Nurse Practitioners

August 27, 2020 – Kimmy Gustafson

The right mobile app can streamline a nurse practitioner's day. Apps can now help with diagnosing complicated cases, providing references for medical conditions, supplying detailed medication information, and even providing continuing education. Nurse practitioners can access these apps on their smartphones or tablets from their office, home, or exam room streamlining patient care.

The Importance of Culturally Competent Care: Needed Now More Than Ever

August 18, 2020 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

This article provides an overview of health disparities in the United States, introduces the concept of culturally competent care, and encourages all nurses and nurse practitioners to continue to practice and support a better, more inclusive health system.

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

August 7, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners have been providing high-quality, cost-efficient care for nearly 50 years. In 2011, a systematic review of 37 studies found consistent evidence that cost-related outcomes for NP care were equivalent to those of physicians.

How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Make? A Comprehensive Guide (2020)

July 28, 2020 – Becca Brewer

The average nurse practitioner salary across the nation varies by source. According to the BLS (May 2019), NPs made an average annual wage of $111,840. The 2019 AANP National Workforce Survey corroborated this, finding that NPs made $110,000 on average.

How to Write an Excellent NP School Personal Statement

July 27, 2020 – Rachel Drummond

So why are nurse practitioner admissions so competitive? A shortage of qualified nursing teaching faculty and an increasing number of retiring nurses are some possible reasons, according to CNN.