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
The demand for primary care is on the rise, mostly due to the growing healthcare needs of the aging population, longer life expectancy, and greater access to healthcare by persons who had little or no coverage. In spite of the heightening demands, trends reveal a decline in the number of primary care physicians. The challenges that North Dakota’s rural population places on the health care system was the subject of a 2017 biennial report released by the UND School of … Read the rest
When you decide to become a nurse, you’ll have several tough decisions. One of them is the path you’ll take to becoming a registered nurse. The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing are the most common paths to entry. Diploma programs offered at teaching hospitals are less common but still available. Graduates of the three pathways must all pass the NCLEX licensing exam to practice as a registered nurse. While employers are likely … Read the rest
A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is the ticket to multiple career opportunities, career advancement, and higher salaries. Graduates might assume roles in education, administration, research, leadership, and advanced clinical positions. The potential for career mobility is greater for BSN graduates. A registered nurse with an associate degree in nursing can get the benefits of a BSN through the RN to BSN program, which facilitates a seamless transition to the advanced degree. The program builds on the nurse’s existing … Read the rest
Nursing is a rewarding, exciting, and challenging career. By saving the lives of others, developing lifelong relationships, and offering emotional and physical comfort to patients, nurses enrich their own lives. The profession is one of only a few that offers multiple paths to entry, job security, diversity, and numerous opportunities for advancement. Add the current shortage of nurses to the picture, and you’ll see that it’s a great time to become a nurse.
There’s a shortage of nurses in North … Read the rest