Like the rest of the nation, Arkansas’ demand for professional nurses exceeds the rate of nurse graduates from community colleges and universities. In spite of the calls for the nursing workforce to be educated at the bachelor’s degree or higher, almost 68 percent of the registered nurses within the state are community college grads. There’s a reported rise in enrollment for first-time nurses in bachelor’s degree programs, but there’s no slowing down in the pace of enrollment in the associate’s … Read the rest
Oregon’s liberal laws for advanced practice nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, enable nurses to participate in the delivery of primary care and help relieve the pressures on an overburdened system. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level study at the masters or doctorate level and national certification in a specialized area of practice. They provide effective, affordable patient care services, similar to a primary care physician, without any loss of patient satisfaction. In rural and medically … Read the rest
The aging of the U.S. population, increased access to health coverage, and a shortfall of primary care physicians will cause a crisis within healthcare. Oregon, like other states, is particularly vulnerable as populations in rural areas do not have access to primary care. One measure the state has implemented to pick up the slack is to utilize nurse practitioners in medically under-served areas. The number of nurse practitioners in the state rose by 18% over a three year period in … Read the rest
Registered nursing graduates have a difficult time finding a job if they don’t have a bachelor’s degree. For many years, the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) has held its position as the benchmark for practice, but a paradigm shift in the industry is causing more hospitals to expect a higher level of education from their RNs. As the emphasis shifts to preventative and patient-based primary care, many hospital institutions will require their RNs to hold a BSN degree or higher.… Read the rest
Rapid changes in healthcare lead to higher expectations from the largest part of the healthcare team. Loftier credentialing expectations drive registered nurses with an associate’s degree to enroll in RN to BSN programs to secure a bachelor’s degree. When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the Future of Nursing Report in 2010 and recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree by 2020, only 30 percent of practicing nurses held the advanced degree. Today, close to … Read the rest
Oregon State faces a major shortage of nurses in the areas of long-term care, hospice care, geriatric care, and public health. Nurses comprise the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in Oregon. The demand is dependent on the nursing needs of the aging population. Although there is an all-round need for nurses, the greatest need is within long-term care to meet the complex care needs of senior Oregonians. According to a 2015 report from the Oregon Center for Nursing, the … Read the rest
Since the implementation of the full practice for ARNPs in Washington took effect in 2009, nurses within the profession have experienced great success in delivering high quality and affordable care to populations in rural and medically underserved areas. Full-practice authority allows ARNPs to assess, diagnose, interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications independently. The Institute of Medicine and the National Council for State Boards recommended full practice status in 2010 to provide patients with direct access to the full host of … Read the rest
Rising demand for primary care, due to aging, population growth, and expanded health insurance coverage under the affordable care act, places additional pressure on an overburdened health care system. By permitting nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training, Washington State seeks to optimize its existing primary care activity and increase access to care to residents in underserved rural areas.
Full practice authority in Washington gives nurse practitioners the freedom to evaluate, diagnose, initiate, and manage the … Read the rest
Enrolling in a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) program to obtain licensure should be just the beginning of your educational preparation as a nurse. The rapidly changing health care environment and expanding role of nurses demand a BSN education, at minimum, as it is the passport to a rewarding career and a Launchpad to specialized practice.
The BSN degree prepares the nursing workforce with the competencies to lead transformative change with the patient in mind. Healthcare administrators and … Read the rest
An ongoing shortage of nurses is a major issue that grips the health care sector. Washington State is expected to experience a shortfall of nearly 3,793 nurses by 2020, according to the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.
With approximately 68,700 licensed registered nurses in the state, nursing form the largest segment of the health care workforce. A number of converging factors affect the sector’s ability to produce, recruit, and retain registered nurses, including the aging and retiring workforce, the … Read the rest