The aging population, greater accessibility to health coverage and longer life expectancy fuel an incessant demand for primary care services. Meanwhile, a shortage of primary care physicians to meet demands raises concerns for patients, especially those in rural areas. Efforts to educate and train more primary care physicians will not address the immediate need, so expanding the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is considered a feasible solution for the short and long term.
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The esteemed profession of nursing is a call to meet the complex needs of a diverse patient population. Nurses are the lifeblood of the patient care team. They assume duties and responsibilities that challenge their abilities, and more often, their emotional stability. Long shifts, tireless work, and unending streams of passion are often rewarded with censure and ingratitude, yet the profession yields priceless rewards. In light of their increased role and responsibilities in patient care, nurses are expected to continuously … Read the rest
As health care employers and national nursing organizations placed increased emphasis on nurses earning a baccalaureate degree or higher, it may be time to consider enrolling in an RN to BSN program. The occupation as a whole face increased pressures, including nursing shortages and quality of care, which contribute to the call for better-educated nurses. One of two educational recommendations offered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is to increase the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to a … Read the rest
Nurses form the main support of the health care system. Changes within the system to address the increasing complexities of diseases and incorporate technology in various aspects of care led to an expansion in the role nurses play. The ever-expanding role, additional educational requirements, and the published woes of over-burdened nurses working in short-staffed environments have resulted in fewer students choosing nursing as a career. The nursing shortage has a profound effect on the quality of patient care and clinical … Read the rest
Nurses who hold a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) are heralded as saviors to the profession as they can help bridge the gap between nursing leaders and nurses involved in direct patient care. The clinical doctorate keeps practitioners on the frontlines of patient care, to a great degree, so they’re in touch with the challenges of inadequate staffing as it relates to patient care and safety.
For more than two decades, the master’s degree has been the standard for nurses … Read the rest
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses have a pivotal role in the future of health care. The state of Arkansas recognizes four specific advanced practice roles, nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), and certified nurse midwives (CNM). APRNs, especially NPs and CNMs, play a critical role in the area of primary care, serving at the forefront of preventative care to the public.
The Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) supplies the advanced education registered nurses … Read the rest
Health employers in Arkansas and across the country have always felt the pressure to hire more registered nurses to meet population demands. But since the Affordable Care Act rolled out in 2103, extending health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, the need for more nurses has almost doubled. A surge in Arkansas’ population further complicates an already taxing situation. The growing and aging population require greater care. In a state that is home to almost 3 million people, 600,000 (nearly … Read the rest
Data showing the link between a highly educated nursing workforce and better patient outcomes and fewer safety issues influences the trend towards higher education. Arkansas is one of many states that emphasize the preparation of more nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or higher. Almost 45% of nursing graduates in Arkansas are prepared at the baccalaureate level. The other 55%, who select associate’s degree programs due to time or financial constraints, are encouraged to complete the BSN through … Read the rest
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