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
Washington State is facing a challenge to maintain an adequate registered nurse workforce to met population needs for the present and coming decades. Hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare institutions have to compete for nursing professionals by offering higher salaries, sign-on bonuses, open shifts, and other incentives. Within the health care system, nurses face heavy workloads as there are just not enough hands on deck. The American Nurses Association reports massive short staffing in hospital units, … Read the rest
Like many states, Missouri is facing a shortage of primary care providers. The supply of physicians falls short even though the majority of the population has health insurance to pay for medical services. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the nation will face a shortage of 94,700 physicians by the year 2025. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services labeled 80 percent of Missouri, including the southeastern areas, as Health Provider Shortage Areas, meaning one of out … Read the rest
As the baby boomer generation ages and access to health insurance increases, the nation will face a burdensome shortage of primary care providers. In rural Missouri, there is a reported one primary care physician for every 1,776 citizens. On a nationwide level, the shortfall of physicians is 91,500, with 45,400 being primary care. An aging physician population within the state will create additional challenges as more than 55 percent of practicing physicians are 50 years or older. This shortage of … Read the rest
The nursing shortage in Missouri and other states across the nation is difficult to stop. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses will increase by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, which places nursing among the top 30 professions with the largest job growth. The nursing workforce is aging right along with the population and increases the need for more nursing staff in hospitals and other medical facilities. What’s more, there are not enough new graduates … Read the rest
Healthcare providers, especially hospitals, and organizations repeatedly call for better-educated nurses to meet the challenges within the nation’s healthcare system. RN-to-BSN programs are designed to help registered nurses develop the clinical, leadership and advocacy skills and knowledge to meet industry demands.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses, more RNs today are heeding the call by seeking a BSN to increase their competitive advantage and improve patient care. In a report titled, “The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in … Read the rest
Nurses form the single largest health profession in the nation. Performing a range of patient care duties, nurses are essential to the delivery of health care services in every aspect of health care, including nursing homes, clinics, hospice facilities, home health agencies, public health facilities, and hospitals. A nurse’s education, role, and practice guidelines distinguish the different types of nurses. However, graduates of a diploma program, an associate’s degree in nursing program, and bachelor’s degree in nursing programs are all … Read the rest
As the American healthcare system adjusts to the Affordable Care Act, increasing medical costs, and a shortage of primary care physicians, New Jersey’s shortage of doctors is expected to get worse in the next decade. In 2013, one report found that there was only one primary care physician for every 2,500 residents. To alleviate the shortage, experts are recommending the use of urgent medical care and advanced practice nurses to bring convenient and affordable care to individuals suffering from common … Read the rest