Experts

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.

Civic Health Month: An Expert’s Advocacy Guide

July 26, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

August is Civic Health Month—a time to ensure that both coworkers, colleagues, and patients have an opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Tennessee

July 19, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The Volunteer State needs better access to quality, affordable healthcare services. Tennessee’s nurse practitioners (NPs) are equipped to provide many of those services, and eager to do so. But antiquated legislation is still preventing them from practicing to the full extent of their training, and the state’s NPs are pushing back with new research.

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences—And How NPs Can Help

June 2, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Adverse childhood experiences have an enormous impact on future substance abuse, violence, victimization and perpetration, sexually transmitted infections, delayed brain development, lower educational attainment, reduced employment opportunities, and a lifetime of increased negative health outcomes and increased risk of disease.

Social Determinants of Health and Their Effect on Health Outcomes: A Case Study

May 19, 2021 – Celeste Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

The Marshallese make up no more than 3 percent of Northwest Arkansas' population, but in July of 2020 they had suffered half of the Covid-19 deaths in the region. In order to understand how this occurred we will look at the social determinants that led to such disparity and negative health outcomes.

Ask a Professor: The Practice Environment in Massachusetts

May 13, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

The nation is facing down a primary care crunch. As the Baby Boomer generation retires, medical schools can’t graduate primary care physicians at a rate sufficient to meet the growing medical needs of an aging population. A 2020 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found that the US could see a shortage of up to 139,000 primary care physicians by 2033. Some states are better equipped to handle this than others—Massachusetts is now one of them.

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.

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.