Increased access to health care coverage by almost 32 million Americans places additional strain on the overburdened primary health care workforce. The population in rural North Dakota is especially at risk as less than 10 percent of the state’s physicians live and practice in these rural counties. One major factor that contributes to the primary care shortage in rural areas is the decision by medical students to pursue specialties outside of primary care. Specialists in other areas can earn as … Read the rest
Advanced practice nurses (APNs) play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system. Nurse practitioners, a category of advanced practice nurses, account for a substantial part of the clinical workforce and up to 42% of them provide primary care. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are both options for a registered nurse seeking to prepare for certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Graduates fill a gap in primary care for the underserved and … Read the rest
Constant changes in the profession of nursing call for nurse leaders who are capable of identifying problems before they emerge and make sound decisions to circumvent potential challenges. To lead healthcare organizations and draft policies that positively impact the profession, nurses must have a broad knowledge of advanced nursing practice, economics and finance, informatics, and healthcare policy.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to develop nurse leaders who can meet healthcare challenges and improve patient outcomes. The … Read the rest
There are two primary doctoral degrees for nurses. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) is research-focused and prepares nurses to generate new evidence to improve the profession. The second, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, is a practice doctorate that prepares nurses to function as experts in advanced practice and lead out in the application of evidence to improve practice from a clinical, administrative, or academic point of view.
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Graduate education is an investment of time and money. If you’re looking to move up the career ladder, you’ll have to decide whether to earn a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The DNP offers special benefits if your goal is to become a leader in the program – and it is a worthwhile pursuit if you can afford it. The completion time for the DNP is approximately three to four years, which is … Read the rest
The aging population, wider access to health care coverage, and the prevalence of chronic illnesses add pressure on an overburdened health care system and complicate the process of finding a health care provider. Iowa, like other states, has taken steps to expand the nurse practitioner workforce since the current supply of primary care physicians has been unable to meet primary care needs. More than just boosting the volume of the workforce, the state legislated full practice authority for nurse practitioners, … Read the rest
Residents in rural Alaska don’t have access to primary care as they should. According to the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, there are 11 rural counties that lack a primary care physician. Thanks to policy changes granting nurse practitioners the autonomy to practice, nurses can now fill the void in primary care and practice without a doctor’s oversight. The adoption of this law is a welcome relief to nurses in Nebraska with a master’s … Read the rest
With a projected 60 percent increase in the 70+ population, Alaska has one of the fastest growing senior population in the nation. Physical and mental disabilities limit the activities of those 65 years and older have become complicated with the shortage of health care professionals to meet them where they are. Primary care forms the foundation of care to this and other groups, yet is the area of health care that is most affected. The rural nature of Alaska makes … Read the rest
The critical shortage of physicians in Wyoming has a crippling impact on access to medical care. The medical community has been pushing for more primary care physicians for several years now, as projections reveal a shortage of 130,000 doctors by 2025 – according to the Association of Medical Colleges. Greater access to health insurance and the growing baby boomer population that qualifies for Medicaid drive demand for services. Although the extent of the shortage is questionable, most experts can agree … Read the rest
The flexible Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) trains working nurses to provide primary health care in medically underserved areas to relieve the burdens left by a lack of primary care physicians in these areas. The program lets nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing or a master of science in nursing prepare for an advanced practice role. As more of Oklahoma’s universities roll out the program, it is expected that rural areas will benefit from a growing presence of … Read the rest