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
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.
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The challenges of caring for the large group that makes up the baby boom generation have been the topic of discussion for more than a decade. Approximately 3 million baby boomers will hit retirement each year for the next 20 years. This incremental increase will affect health care policy and the health care system for decades to come. Bigger than the challenge of adding new nurses to the workforce, employers will have to devise methods for replacing the boomers who … Read the rest
Many nurses have an incorrect impression of the role and benefits of the bachelor’s degree in the profession of nursing. One common misconception is that the BSN is only for nurses pursuing managerial positions. The changing landscape of health care demands more from nurses, even those at the bedside. The bachelor’s degree in nursing covers additional study in evidence-based practice, leadership, public health, and nursing science that helps graduates take a holistic approach to practice. The shortcomings of the ADN … Read the rest
Health care employers are using creative strategies to attract and retain registered nurses amidst the current shortage of nurses in the workforce. State officials are predicting that the shortage will get a lot worse before it gets better. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Commerce, there will be a shortage of 3100 hospital nurses in the next five years. The figure does not take into account the unfilled spots in clinics, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, schools, and home … Read the rest