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.

The Looming Primary Care Provider Shortage: Midwest
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28 December 2018

A lack of access to primary care in the United States is one of the key reasons why the Commonwealth Fund ranks the U.S. as having the worst healthcare system in the affluent world. Looking to the future, the impending primary care provider shortage indicates that this problem is only to going to intensify, particularly in the South and Midwest.

Oklahoma NPs: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
Patricia-Thompson
13 December 2018

Given the overwhelming evidence that NPs provide cost-effective, safe healthcare for their patients, it’s time for Oklahoma to disabuse itself of unnecessary practice restrictions so that NPs can help alleviate the looming primary care provider shortage.

The Looming Primary Care Provider Shortage in the Northwest
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03 December 2018

Primary care, when accessible and publicized in communities, has been proven to diminish health disparities between social classes. The future of healthcare in the Northwest and all over the country is dependent on the reform insurance systems, policy, and education, among other other aspects.

The Looming Primary Care Provider Shortage in the South
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25 October 2018

As a shortage of primary care providers looms on our collective horizon, lack of access to primary care has the potential to get much worse. And, unfortunately, the South is going to be the most heavily impacted.

From Medicine to Microsoft: The Journey of One Nurse Practitioner
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24 October 2018

As it turns out, being a psychiatric nurse practitioner prepares you very well for being a user researcher. Dr. DeCapua shares that psychiatric evaluations teach you how to quickly build rapport with users and more deeply understand their motivations and unmet needs.

Why Aren’t There More Male NPs?
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12 October 2018

Nursing has always been a female-driven profession, and male nurses are often the butt of jokes on television and in movies, from Meet the Parents to Friends. That said, the gender roles are softening and there has been a recent upswing in the number of men joining this high-growth career field.

The Looming Primary Care Provider Shortage in the Northeast
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08 October 2018

Primary care is vital to a healthy, thriving population, and essential to a healthcare system that hopes to deliver efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality care to all. The Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States healthcare system last out of those of ten other high-income countries in the world.

NPs to Admire: 10 Role Models Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Populations
Josephine Ensign
26 September 2018

Nurse practitioners play an important role in healthcare. These licensed clinicians have furthered their education and skills to provide specialized care to their patients. Some nurse practitioners have a particular interest in working with vulnerable populations and have gone above and beyond to serve these groups.

Missouri Nurse Practitioners: The Fight for Full Practice Authority
Christopher Hemmer
22 August 2018

Nurse practitioners such as Dr. Hemmer are justifiably frustrated with the practice conditions within Missouri. It’s no surprise that many NPs finishing their studies choose to practice in other states where it’s easier (and more lucrative) to go into business as a relatively independent healthcare provider.

The Lack of Diversity in Advanced Nursing
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10 August 2018

Diversity in healthcare can improve equity, and equity in healthcare ensures that practitioners are offering compassionate, culturally competent care in a timely fashion to those who need it most. The problem is that the APRN workforce does not reflect the growing diversity of the population of the United States.