The state of the primary care workforce in Mississippi is more critical than other states. More autonomy for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses have been presented as a viable solution for the acute shortage of primary care doctors –especially for residents in rural areas. A nurse practitioner is an individual who has obtained the authorization to treat certain medical conditions based on the completion of a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and … Read the rest
To effect the change needed to improve healthcare, registered nurses must be willing to change and improve themselves. Graduate nursing programs, such as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), provide the additional training RNs need to become the leaders of tomorrow. Yet, there are several reasons, besides the desire to effect change, which drives nurses to graduate study. Many nurses seek additional education to boost their salaries, take an active role in the evolution of nursing, or to deliver … 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
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses gain their knowledge and expertise through the rigorous Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The specialized training helps registered nurses develop and apply advanced nursing principles to care for patients. The State of Nebraska licenses APRNs in four roles: Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Certified Nurse Midwife. Advanced practice nurses, and nurse practitioners, in particular, help to fill the gap in primary care. In 2015, Nebraska elected to grant nurse … Read the rest
With spectacular views and breathtaking wildlife, Alaska offers the nature lover an abundance of scenery for pleasure and relaxation. There are a lot of activities for those who love the great outdoors, but the state’s severe shortage of medical practitioners might be too daunting, even for the most avid outdoorsman. The shortage of primary care providers is a pressing concern for stakeholders across the United States where there are about 6,000 federally designated areas with a shortage of primary care … Read the rest
The demand for nurses in Wyoming, and around the country, far outweighs the supply. The gap between demand and supply is expected to widen due to the shortage of nurse educators and resources at nursing schools. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massive job growth for nurses, including advanced practice registered nurses, who can help fill the need for primary care in rural Wyoming. Although the Wyoming State Board of Nursing recognizes four categories of APRNs, there is no … Read the rest
Efforts to increase the primary care workforce in Oklahoma have been futile as the state sorely lacks physicians to provide care for residents. At a rate of 75 doctors per 100,000 residents, Oklahoma has the second lowest ratio in the country. The Department of Health and Human Services identifies medically underserved populations in 71 out of 77 counties and nine counties – in their entirety – have been designated Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Lack of training facilities in the rural … Read the rest
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
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
Nurses form the largest single profession within the health care sector. As such, their education is critical to the delivery of high-quality care. The Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) provides registered nurses with the specialty education to deliver care tailored to specific populations. They are empowered to make high-level judgments that will change the lives in patients in the evolving industry.
In the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) published report, ”The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” is … Read the rest