The job outlook for nurses is positive, especially for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or higher. In 2014, nearly 65% of new BSN graduates received job offers at graduation compared to 25% of ADN graduates. Nurses with a BSN degree or higher are valuable to employers for several reasons. One factor that employers most often consider is the link between higher nursing education and improved patient outcomes as described by an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. In … Read the rest
A most unsettling consequence of the nursing shortage in New Jersey and across the nation is the effect it has on the availability of patient care. A major segment of the Baby Boomer population is settling into their senior years and will require more health care. Sadly, with staffing stretched to the limit, many hospitals are unable to meet the population needs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing both project that the shortage … Read the rest
Advanced practice nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, improve the delivery of health care services in an overburdened system. Aging baby boomers with a complexity of health concerns, raise demand for health care services. APNs provide effective health care services, not unlike that of a primary care physician, at an affordable rate and without loss of patient satisfaction – when compared to a physician’s services. They function throughout the health care systems in roles traditionally reserved for physicians, bringing life-saving care to … Read the rest
Sweeping changes in US health care include plans for increasing access for the 50 million under- and uninsured Americans. Health care reforms have contributed to a surge of new users tapping into a system already challenged by a rising senior population in need of care and an explosion of outpatient and chronic care needs. In the dozens of health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas in Wisconsin, residents’ lives hang in the balance due to limited access to primary … Read the rest
Nursing is a rewarding profession, but it requires intellectual and ethical knowledge and skills to meet challenges head-on. Registered nursing is a calling to serve communities and people across their lifespans and make a difference in the world. Nursing education programs, therefore, prepares individuals to excel in this chosen profession. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year program that helps students navigate the complexities of health care. If you’re like most students, choosing a degree that will … Read the rest
Health care employers and national nursing organizations stress the importance of nurses earning a baccalaureate degree. At the same time, the profession as a whole faces a growing number of pressures, including workforce shortages and quality of care. As the Institute of Medicine seeks to increase the educational level of 80% of nurses to the baccalaureate degree and double the number of nurses with a doctoral degree, the shortage of nurses can only be met with a constant cycle of … Read the rest
The decline in the Wisconsin nursing workforce comes at a time when there’s a need for more nurses to tend to an aging population. The 16 million residents, who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, coupled with the aging baby boomer population place unprecedented demands on the health care system. Health officials now have to work with educators and other affected parties to attract new nurses to the rapidly growing industry.
Nursing education programs ensure students receive the training … Read the rest
The number of APRNs practicing in Delaware is growing rapidly, especially after the state implemented full practice authority for nurse practitioners. The 21% growth of the APRN workforce accurately reflects the national projections for enormous growth in the profession. The expanding workforce emerges just as the health care system reports a looming shortage of primary care physicians exacerbated by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.
The shortage of physicians, especially those in primary care, is not a new concern. … Read the rest
The role and capabilities of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses have expanded in the past decade to the point where they are valued as an integral part of the health care system. Several estimates suggest that there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. Furthermore, the growth of primary care physicians annually was just 1% nationally over the last decade, compared with the 9% growth of APRNs per capita. In an effort to meet growing primary care … Read the rest
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) doesn’t expect the current nursing shortage to let up anytime soon. There are several reasons for the ongoing shortage of nurses to staff the nation’s hospitals, but a lack of students is not one of them. Across the United States, BSN programs have to turn away more than 80,000 students each year due to budget constraints, competition from clinical sites, and aging faculty. So while recruitment campaigns and media advertising have boosted … Read the rest