Advanced practice registered nurses who complete the master’s of science in nursing are prepared to fill the void of primary care providers in Kentucky and across the nation. Although more Americans have access to health insurance, there has been no corresponding increase in the physician workforce to tend to their needs. Nurse practitioners can help fill this need by assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients the same way a physician would. They provide much of the same care as a physician … Read the rest
Nursing is a good choice if you’re looking to enter a profession where there’s much demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 19 percent growth for the profession between 2014 and 2024. While the statistics may seem promising to nurse hopefuls, the reality is that the market favors highly experienced and educated nurses. Employer trends in the hiring of nurses educated at the bachelor’s degree or higher became pronounced after the Institute of Medicine published The Future of … Read the rest
The continuous demand for nurses bodes well for those looking to get a job, but it increases the pressure on colleges and universities, state boards, and nursing associations that are looking for solutions to this crisis in health care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes yearly reports depicting a growing shortage of nurses to care for the population’s need, yet many nurse graduates may be questioning the viability of the data when they encounter roadblocks in their search for employment. … Read the rest
As people seek to live longer lives and cope with chronic illnesses, healthcare professionals are tasked with providing the tools to promote health and wellness. In the case where demand exceeds supply, the population will be affected. The aging population and greater access to care are identified as the primary reasons for the demand for professionals to care for people suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
According to the American Nursing Association, nurses form the largest segment … Read the rest
The changing demographics of the population, a rise in the aging baby boomer population, and an increase in the number of insured persons confirm the need for healthcare providers who are able to provide culturally sensitive, high quality, and affordable care. The supply of advanced practice registered nurses in Louisiana who can work alongside physicians and other providers will determine the state’s ability to promote health. Looming shortages in primary care, especially in rural areas, pave the way for APRNs … Read the rest
For a nurse intent on lifelong learning, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is a given as it paves the way for greater responsibility in healthcare delivery, higher pay, and opportunities in academic and research. To obtain a license to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Louisiana, a registered nurse must complete graduate study at the masters or doctorate level. This level of education gives a registered nurse the additional training to conduct physical exams, … Read the rest
It is an exciting time to become a nurse. As a registered nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to choose where you work and in what direction you want your career to go. Nurses have always played a critical role in healthcare, working on the frontlines to bring relief to the sick, counsel patients and their families, and provide a word of comfort in difficult times. Today, their roles involve much more than bedside care. Nurses are educating patients to improve … Read the rest
The Louisiana State Board of Nursing recognizes two primary forms of educational preparation for licensure as a registered nurse: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Graduates of both programs take the same exam, the NCLEX, to become a registered nurse. At the entry-level, both graduates work in similar situations and receive almost the same salaries. The lack of distinction in titles, salaries, and responsibilities lead many nursing students to select the … Read the rest
Hospitals and other medical institutions are facing the largest shortage of registered nurses in modern history, and the shortage is expected to get worse in 2020 and beyond. The baby boomer population, comprising of more than 77 million, is the primary contributor to the demand for more health care professionals, especially nurses who will assist with their long-term medical needs. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs nursing as one of the fastest growing profession and projects a 19 … Read the rest
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was developed in response to a report from the Institute of Medicine “Crossing the Quality Chasm.” To improve the quality of care, the IOM suggested that nurse practitioners and physicians focus on teamwork, research, and technology. The DNP program aligns with recommended reform and covers the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as designed by the American Association of College of Nursing.
Today the DNP is offered at several universities across … Read the rest