Both current and aspiring advanced practice nurses can benefit from the advice of seasoned professionals. Through interviews and expert-written content from professors, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other APRNs, discover what to expect from various career paths, including information about job challenges and state practice authority laws.

The Benefits of Mentorship as a Nurse Practitioner

November 22, 2021 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

A productive mentee/mentor relationship may identify and remedy a novice nurse’s weaknesses and gaps in education. It assists in the merging of nursing philosophy, which is the foundation of nurse practitioner training, and the medical care model, which is the foundation for the practice of healthcare.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Hospice & Palliative Care NP

November 16, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life for patients facing serious illnesses and the side effects of their treatment; hospice care focuses on the palliation of terminally ill patients towards the end of their life. Both are of critical importance.

Ask a Professor: The NP Practice Environment in Alabama

November 11, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

As aging Baby Boomers begin to have more and more healthcare needs, Alabama is confronted with the complex challenge of providing high-quality, cost-effective care to all its citizens. The state’s 6,000-plus nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) could be an elegant part of the solution.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Forensic NP

November 2, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Forensic nurse practitioners (NPs) combine the nursing, forensic, and legal sciences to bring safety, medical treatment, and justice to their patients. Within a specialized practice setting, they apply a core forensic nursing education that informs a holistic, patient-centered, trauma-aware approach to the traditional NP role.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Pediatric NP

September 30, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

PNPs and pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) offer low-cost, high-quality care to children from birth to the transition to adult care. Over the last six decades, they’ve become an essential component of the healthcare workforce, providing a wide spectrum of healthcare services in primary, hospital, outpatient, and specialty care settings.

National Midwifery Week – The Role of Nurse-Midwives in Hospitals vs. Birth Centers

September 27, 2021 – Cevia Yellin

Based upon the belief that every person has the right to quality healthcare, midwifery’s personalized approach plays an important role in enhancing health equity and empowering individuals and communities.

Can Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Medicines? What to Know

September 24, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are an essential component of the American healthcare system. They provide high-quality, cost-effective care and significantly increase healthcare access, particularly in rural and underserved areas. But in many states, NPs face obtuse and outdated regulations that inhibit their ability to prescribe certain medicines, devices, and services to their patients.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as an Emergency NP

September 20, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Even in non-pandemic conditions, emergency departments (EDs) in the United States receive nearly 150 million visits per year. Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) are a key part of the interdisciplinary care team that quickly assesses, diagnoses, and treats the patients who make those ED visits.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) or Certified Midwife (CM)

September 6, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Women in the US are significantly more likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than in other rich, developed nations. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), maternal mortality rates in America are twice as high as they are in Canada and France, and ten times higher than they are in New Zealand and Norway. The majority of these deaths occur after childbirth and are largely preventable.

An Expert’s Bona Fide Guide: Life as a Pain Management Nurse Practitioner (NP)

August 10, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The ways in which we understand, treat, and manage pain are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, applying increasingly nuanced and individual approaches to what was once seen as a uniform symptom. Pain management NPs are at the forefront of that evolution, helping to pioneer the biopsychosocial model of pain management and push the field forward through research into multimodal methods of treating pain.