Advanced practice nurses, and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, in particular, can help the current state of primary care. The DNP degree prepares students for advanced practice and places them on a comparable level as physicians, pharmacists, and dentists who must also earn a doctorate to practice. In their preparation for advanced clinical practice, DNP graduates also have a vital role in bridging the gap between administrators and bedside nurses. Their ability to work on both fronts can help them solve … Read the rest
The aging population, greater accessibility to health coverage and longer life expectancy fuel an incessant demand for primary care services. Meanwhile, a shortage of primary care physicians to meet demands raises concerns for patients, especially those in rural areas. Efforts to educate and train more primary care physicians will not address the immediate need, so expanding the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is considered a feasible solution for the short and long term.
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The esteemed profession of nursing is a call to meet the complex needs of a diverse patient population. Nurses are the lifeblood of the patient care team. They assume duties and responsibilities that challenge their abilities, and more often, their emotional stability. Long shifts, tireless work, and unending streams of passion are often rewarded with censure and ingratitude, yet the profession yields priceless rewards. In light of their increased role and responsibilities in patient care, nurses are expected to continuously … Read the rest
As health care employers and national nursing organizations placed increased emphasis on nurses earning a baccalaureate degree or higher, it may be time to consider enrolling in an RN to BSN program. The occupation as a whole face increased pressures, including nursing shortages and quality of care, which contribute to the call for better-educated nurses. One of two educational recommendations offered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is to increase the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to a … Read the rest
Nurses form the main support of the health care system. Changes within the system to address the increasing complexities of diseases and incorporate technology in various aspects of care led to an expansion in the role nurses play. The ever-expanding role, additional educational requirements, and the published woes of over-burdened nurses working in short-staffed environments have resulted in fewer students choosing nursing as a career. The nursing shortage has a profound effect on the quality of patient care and clinical … Read the rest