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.
One of the most contentious issues in healthcare today is whether nurse practitioners should be granted full practice authority (FPA). NPs’ ability to provide services in accordance with their level of training and certification isn’t equally guaranteed across American states.
Many people associate a graduate degree with high tuition and fees. In reality, a handful of online family NP programs do exist that offer high-quality education at an affordable cost.
Despite the abundant evidence that NPs provide safe, high-quality, and cost-effective healthcare, they’re still unable to practice to the full extent of their graduate education and clinical training in many states.
In three exclusive interviews, this piece celebrates the invaluable contributions of PNPs across the country and advances the case for granting full practice authority nationwide. NP practice authority still varies widely among states.
PMHNPs offer a holistic approach to illness, paying thought to both physical and mental health considerations; diagnosing psychiatric problems and illnesses; prescribing medications; offering counseling and therapy; developing multi-pronged treatment plans; coordinating care between varied healthcare professionals; and educating patients and families on psychiatric conditions. Despite mounting evidence that NPs provide safe, cost-effective healthcare, there has still been significant opposition—particularly from physician groups—against expanding “full practice authority” to NPs across the country.
While Michigan NPs still need physician oversight to prescribe schedule 2-5 controlled substances and cannot sign death certificates or workers’ compensation claims, there has been one recent legislative victory to expand their ability to practice: MI HB 5400. This bill was signed by governor Rick Snyder in January 2017, and it allows NPs to prescribe nonscheduled drugs, as well as to dispense complimentary starter doses of qualifying pharmaceuticals; go on hospital rounds; perform independent house calls; and order physical or speech therapy without a collaborating physician.
Family nurse practitioners make up the largest proportion of NPs in the country.The AANP reports that 55.1 percent of the more than 220,000 licensed NPs nationwide work in the field of family health. Despite the abundant evidence that NPs provide cost-effective, quality healthcare and thrive in states with full practice authority, there’s still an ongoing fight to grant NPs professional autonomy.
Although residency programs are not required for nurse practitioners, new graduates pursue them to enhance their abilities, strengthen their resume, or learn a new subspecialty. Often the term ‘residency’ refers to programs designed to improve skills and prepare for board certification, while a ‘fellowship’ is designed to teach a subspecialty. Nurse practitioner residencies and fellowships are becoming increasingly popular as hospitals attempt to attract top talent. Here you’ll find a list of nurse practitioner residencies organized by specialty.
To maintain their licensure and certifications, nurse practitioners must complete a certain amount of continuing medication education (CME). Your requirements may be anywhere from 20 to 100 hours per year with up to 25 percent of those dedicated specifically to pharmacology. After you determine your individual requirements, the next step is to find the best resource. This article offers a comprehensive list of places to find high-quality evidence-based CME designed for nurse practitioners.
Nurse practitioner Dr. Melissa DeCapua discusses the present and future of independent practice and prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners.