Nurses are the glue that keeps the health care team centered on its primary objective – the restoration of health and prevention of diseases. They provide the bulk of patient care, function as patient advocates, and assess and implement patient care plans. Their responsibilities depend on the type of facility, training, education, and experience. However, there are more similarities than differences in the functions they perform. They all support and counsel patients, monitor patient care, … Read the rest
Since the implementation of the full practice for ARNPs in Washington took effect in 2009, nurses within the profession have experienced great success in delivering high quality and affordable care to populations in rural and medically underserved areas. Full-practice authority allows ARNPs to assess, diagnose, interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications independently. The Institute of Medicine and the National Council for State Boards recommended full practice status in 2010 to provide patients with direct access to the full host of … Read the rest
Rising demand for primary care, due to aging, population growth, and expanded health insurance coverage under the affordable care act, places additional pressure on an overburdened health care system. By permitting nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training, Washington State seeks to optimize its existing primary care activity and increase access to care to residents in underserved rural areas.
Full practice authority in Washington gives nurse practitioners the freedom to evaluate, diagnose, initiate, and manage the … Read the rest
Enrolling in a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) program to obtain licensure should be just the beginning of your educational preparation as a nurse. The rapidly changing health care environment and expanding role of nurses demand a BSN education, at minimum, as it is the passport to a rewarding career and a Launchpad to specialized practice.
The BSN degree prepares the nursing workforce with the competencies to lead transformative change with the patient in mind. Healthcare administrators and … Read the rest
An ongoing shortage of nurses is a major issue that grips the health care sector. Washington State is expected to experience a shortfall of nearly 3,793 nurses by 2020, according to the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.
With approximately 68,700 licensed registered nurses in the state, nursing form the largest segment of the health care workforce. A number of converging factors affect the sector’s ability to produce, recruit, and retain registered nurses, including the aging and retiring workforce, the … Read the rest
Washington State is facing a challenge to maintain an adequate registered nurse workforce to met population needs for the present and coming decades. Hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare institutions have to compete for nursing professionals by offering higher salaries, sign-on bonuses, open shifts, and other incentives. Within the health care system, nurses face heavy workloads as there are just not enough hands on deck. The American Nurses Association reports massive short staffing in hospital units, … Read the rest