The NP Education Blog

From our “day in the life” series, intended to give you a feel for what it’s like to walk in the shoes of several different working nurse practitioners, to our student resource guides and professor profiles, intended to provide that little bit of extra information you need to guide your educational decision-making, this blog provides content focused on your nurse practitioner schooling and success.

A Day in the Life of a Rural Nurse Practitioner
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11 July 2018

Currently, only about 20 percent of physicians working in rural areas are under 40 years old, and 30 percent are rapidly approaching (or have already passed) retirement age. Due to an aging population and a lack of experienced and trained professionals, there is increasing demand for healthcare professionals in rural areas, leading to a significant opportunity for nurse practitioners to pick up the slack.

Which States Have the Highest Demand for Nurse Practitioners?
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10 July 2018

A nationwide increase in demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) lies at the nexus of an aging population, an increase in team-based primary care delivery, and an impending shortage of primary care physicians.

Important Advances in Nursing Science
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14 June 2018

Nursing science is the application of hard sciences with a compassionate aim, and its innovations improve both patient wellbeing and caregiver response. As further advancements in medical care complicate the healthcare sector, nursing science is driving best practices in patient care within the entire ecosystem of the industry.

Tennessee NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
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17 May 2018

In states such as Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon, NPs have full practice authority and enjoy relative autonomy in treating patients, working to the utmost extent of their training and credentialing. In places such as Tennessee, however, NPs labor under restricted practice conditions and may be treated as mere mid-level providers who require physician supervision throughout their careers.

50 Top Nurse Practitioner Professors
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14 May 2018

In the coming years, a greater number of experienced and educated NPs will be necessary to meet rising demand for healthcare services. These future NPs have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the industry to help them succeed in their future careers.

50 Top NP Scholarships
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06 May 2018

With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommending that the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) become the new standard of training for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), there are plenty of nurses aiming to advance their education. Time and money are both needed to pursue an advanced education, and NursePractitionerSchools.com created a list of 50 NP scholarships to aid in the process.

2018 Nurse Practitioner Conferences
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20 April 2018

This article will explore some of this year's most exciting and reputable events for nurse practitioners, which includes two AANP conferences and several others hosted by nurse practitioner specialty organizations.

South Carolina NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
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16 March 2018

For nurse practitioners in South Carolina and other “restricted practice” states, providing treatment to patients can prove a struggle. According to the South Carolina Nurse Practice Act, NPs must practice within 45 miles of supervising physician, making it impossible to provide healthcare services in rural regions without doctors.

Alphabet Soup: LPN, RN, APRN, NP
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28 February 2018

The letters you see after a nurse’s name typically come from their education, licensure, certification, or a special achievement—and they should appear in that order. Typically only the highest level of each credential is included.

Ask an Expert: Which Additional Certifications Should NPs Pursue?
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06 February 2018

While all nurse practitioners are certified in their population-focus (i.e., medical specialty), some earn additional certifications to expand their knowledge base and increase their job opportunities.