Advanced practice registered nurses, especially those practicing as nurse practitioners, help to fill a challenging gap in healthcare. Through the delivery of essential primary care services in medically underserved areas, residents no longer have the make long and costly trips to other counties to get much-needed care.
In Utah as in other states, there are thousands of residents living in areas where access to health professionals is limited. In some towns, there are no physicians, and the limited overall supply … Read the rest
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) care for thousands of Massachusetts residents, including seniors, newborns, expectant moms, and mental health patients. Their specialized education and training prepare them to practice beyond the duties of a registered nurse. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Registration in Nursing recognizes several APRN roles: Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS). There are countless studies that confirm APRNs’ … Read the rest
Recognized as the 21st state in the union to permit full practice for nurse practitioners, Maryland offers excellent opportunities for advanced practice. The state’s Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority Act gives nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe certain drugs without an attestation agreement. NPs also have the freedom to establish their own clinics and provide high-quality care to residents, especially those in rural and underserved areas. A key benefit of the established Act is the ability to NPs to close … Read the rest
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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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
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
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
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
Primary care is a scarce commodity in New Jersey, and the volume of persons with increased access to health care will further exacerbate the already stressed system. The state needs more primary care doctors to meet patient care demands fueled by an aging population. One way state officials propose to deal with the physician shortfall is to increase the autonomy of advanced practice nurses (APNs). APNs are licensed specialists who use their graduate-level training to treat patients. In New Jersey, … 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