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.

National NP Week 2020: Advocacy Guide & AANP President Interview

September 23, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

This year’s annual Nurse Practitioner Week is from November 8 to 14, honoring NPs across the country for their contributions to the health of the nation. NP Week isn’t just a celebration, though; it’s also a call to action. Advocacy efforts by individual NPs and by professional organizations such as AANP are critical for advancing the profession and meeting the needs of the American public.

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.

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.

The Mental Health Implications of COVID-19

July 20, 2020 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

Healthcare providers are being overworked and carry the fear of being conduits for the virus. The rest of the American citizens in lockdown are feeling isolated, anxious, depressed, and stressed over the future. These things that we are feeling and thinking are going to have major implications in the future.

Ask a Professor: How Florida’s NPs Are Fighting for Full Practice Authority

July 13, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Beginning to bridge the healthcare provider gap would require the state to add between 3,000 and 5,000 physicians in the next five to ten years. While medical schools can’t meet that level of demand at the necessary pace, Florida’s nurse practitioners (NPs) could be the answer.

Innovations in Healthcare to Combat COVID-19: Telemedicine & Beyond

June 23, 2020 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

In times of uncertainty, we rely on our ability to out-think the problem. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, and it has spurred many creative healthcare innovations. All over the world, governments and people are working together to provide new forms of protection, preventative measures, and tools to fight COVID-19.

Ask a Professor: How Texas NPs Can Fight the Rural Health Crisis

June 9, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Today, one in four rural care providers is a nurse practitioner, and the number is even higher in states with full practice authority laws. Further modernization of the scope of practice for NPs would decrease the number of patients living in rural primary care shortage areas from 23 million to 8 million, according to a report from United Health Group.

Ask a Professor: Supervisory Requirements for NPs in California

May 7, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

The problem is simple: there are not enough primary care physicians completing residency programs to replace the ones who are retiring. And the answer could be simple, too: over 58 percent of nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in primary care. What’s standing in the way is a set of outdated supervisory requirements, which say physicians are required to sign off, approve, or validate certain treatments performed by nurse practitioners.

COVID-19 for Nurse Practitioners: The Good and The Bad

April 21, 2020 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

As of April 20, COVID-19 has infected over 2.4 million people across the world and has caused unprecedented actions to be taken by many nations to flatten the curve. This novel strain of coronavirus has become one of the defining events of the 21st century—and we will be seeing the effects long after it’s gone.