Nationally, hospitals need more than 235,000 nurses to fill current vacancies. By 2026, employers will need more than 437,000 new nurses to care for the growing baby boomer population. Although the medical community is working actively with nurse educators and nurses to address the shortage, which affects nurses and patients alike, the battle over what constitutes proper education for nurses could jeopardize the timely delivery of solutions. In Vermont, the majority of nurses receive their education through the associate degree … Read the rest
Despite the many factors that create uncertainty in health care, one thing remains constant – nurses form the backbone of the health care system. Nursing is a trusted and respected profession because almost all nurses enter the workforce with a desire to make a difference in their communities. Though the responsibilities are complex and the duties demanding, nurses count it a privilege to help patients through the vulnerable periods in their lives.
As a profession, nursing offers monumental opportunities for … Read the rest
The aging population, wider access to health care coverage, and the prevalence of chronic illnesses add pressure on an overburdened health care system and complicate the process of finding a health care provider. Iowa, like other states, has taken steps to expand the nurse practitioner workforce since the current supply of primary care physicians has been unable to meet primary care needs. More than just boosting the volume of the workforce, the state legislated full practice authority for nurse practitioners, … 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
Iowa’s aging population and wider access to healthcare by previously uninsured residents have precipitated a nursing shortage to further complicate an already complex health care delivery system. The shortage of nurses is not limited to Iowa, as the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast depicts, the shortage will spread across the country and grow to 1 million by 2020. While healthcare organizations and educational institutions work together to combat the dire consequences of a deficient workforce, another … Read the rest
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published a report to address a current health care crisis surrounding the delivery of quality patient care and positive patient outcomes. The report sought to highlight solutions that would strengthen the profession of nursing and encourage collaboration with other health care professionals to improve the health care system. One of the IOM’s recommendations is to grow the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate of science in nursing by 2020. This suggestion is based on … Read the rest
Nurses play an integral role in every health institution. They are essential for the proper running of hospitals, clinics, and other health-related institutes. A Nurse is usually the first health care personnel a patient will meet at hospitals and clinics. The demand for Registered nurses is particularly high because of the roles they play in health institutions. Registered Nurses (RNs) are responsible for checking and recording the patients’ vital signs, symptoms of their illness/disease, updating the patients’ records and noting … Read the rest
Residents in rural Alaska don’t have access to primary care as they should. According to the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, there are 11 rural counties that lack a primary care physician. Thanks to policy changes granting nurse practitioners the autonomy to practice, nurses can now fill the void in primary care and practice without a doctor’s oversight. The adoption of this law is a welcome relief to nurses in Nebraska with a master’s … 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
There are at least two options for preparing to become a registered nurse, so before enrolling, you’ll have to determine which degree would be best for you. The associate degree in nursing takes two years to complete and may have prerequisite requirements that must be completed before enrolling in the program. The associate degree may be completed in vocational schools and community college, and graduates will be eligible to take the licensure exam to work in various health care settings, … Read the rest