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.

Day in the Life of an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

May 3, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Approximately six million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year. Their conditions are often complex, and the corresponding treatment environment can be intense. This is just one part of the broader world of acute care, which is based on the short-term treatment of, and/or recovery from, severe and urgent conditions.

Day in the Life of an Oncology Nurse Practitioner (NP)

April 26, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

An oncology nurse practitioner (NP) is a highly-trained, board-certified health professional who specializes in treating patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. They also consult with families, provide ongoing education, and work both independently and in close collaboration with other members of the care team. Oncology is a subspecialty that’s both highly complex and continually evolving: as our scientific understanding of cancer and its treatments changes, so does the way that oncology NPs interact with their patients.

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

April 22, 2021 – 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 are able to live longer, healthier lives: between 2013 and 2019, each year set a record for the most organ transplants in the United States.

International Day of the Midwife: What Makes a Birth Center Unique

April 20, 2021 – Cevia Yellin

One of the main benefits of birth center services administered by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) is women’s care. This may include a variety of healthcare services beginning prior to pregnancy and continuing well beyond the childbearing years.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in New Jersey

April 14, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The retirement of the Baby Boomers represents a monumental shift in American demographics, and the consequences are particularly stark in the field of healthcare. As the largest generation ever ages into retirement, a gap is widening between the demand for healthcare services and the number of skilled healthcare workers who are able to provide them. A 2020 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projected that the US would see a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 primary care physicians by 2033.

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.

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.