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
The aging population and prevalence of chronic illnesses and obesity demand a transformation of primary care. When more than 20 million residents gained access to health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, it became even more imperative to address the challenges with the delivery of primary care.
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, identifies numerous medically underserved areas containing at least 55 million Americans living without proper access to primary care doctors. The HRSA believes that … Read the rest
Iowa’s aging population and wider access to healthcare by previously uninsured residents have precipitated a nursing shortage to further complicate an already complex health care delivery system. The shortage of nurses is not limited to Iowa, as the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast depicts, the shortage will spread across the country and grow to 1 million by 2020. While healthcare organizations and educational institutions work together to combat the dire consequences of a deficient workforce, another … Read the rest
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published a report to address a current health care crisis surrounding the delivery of quality patient care and positive patient outcomes. The report sought to highlight solutions that would strengthen the profession of nursing and encourage collaboration with other health care professionals to improve the health care system. One of the IOM’s recommendations is to grow the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate of science in nursing by 2020. This suggestion is based on … Read the rest
Nurses play an integral role in every health institution. They are essential for the proper running of hospitals, clinics, and other health-related institutes. A Nurse is usually the first health care personnel a patient will meet at hospitals and clinics. The demand for Registered nurses is particularly high because of the roles they play in health institutions. Registered Nurses (RNs) are responsible for checking and recording the patients’ vital signs, symptoms of their illness/disease, updating the patients’ records and noting … Read the rest