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TTUHSC plans to launch an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner track
The School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock recently notified the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of its intention to launch an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner track in the fall of 2014. The application deadline is April 1, according to a story posted on the school's website. "The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track was added to the School of Nursing's...READ MORE »
Federal Trade Commission: APRN practice benefits healthcare
The Federal Trade Commission issued a policy paper suggesting that state legislators should be cautious when evaluating proposals to limit the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses. By limiting the range of services APRNs may provide and the extent to which they can practice independently, such proposals may reduce competition that benefits consumers, the paper states. Even "well-intentioned laws...READ MORE »
Psychiatric APNs recount role in Boston bombing aftermath
Psychiatric advanced practice nurses played a critical role in supporting psychological recovery after the Boston Marathon bombing for not only injured patients, but also family members and hospital staff, according to a report. Barbara Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, and colleagues of the Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, described the steps they took in managing psychological...READ MORE »
Report: RNs, nurse practitioners rank among best occupations
Nurse practitioners ranked fourth and RNs sixth on U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the best jobs. Employment opportunity, salary, work-life balance and job security were among the factors in the rankings. NPs and RNs were second and third, respectively, among healthcare jobs. Dentists were first, and were No. 3 overall behind software developers and computer systems analysts. The rankings cite NPs'...READ MORE »
Workplace climate proves crucial to NPs' practice effectiveness
Organization and culture in healthcare settings often impede the full utilization of nurse practitioners, meaning state laws expanding scope of practice might not be sufficient to relieve the nation's primary care crisis, according to a small study. A research team led by Lusine Poghosyan, RN, PhD, assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City, investigated how the workplace...READ MORE »
AANP criticizes 'outmoded' AMA guidelines for team-based care
Kenneth P. Miller, RN, PhD, CFNP, FAAN, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, responded to new American Medical Association recommendations (http://bit.ly/JfCfAj) that in team-based care models, physicians should be the lead on all teams and be the sole recipients of payment for integrated services. "The AMA continues to perpetuate care models that are based on an outmoded and ineffective...READ MORE »
National NP Week: AANP highlights nurse practitioner contributions
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners saluted NPs in honor of National NP Week, Nov. 10-16. As the healthcare provider shortage continues to top the national agenda, the AANP hopes to spread public awareness of the 171,000 NPs in the U.S. who provide "high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, personalized and patient-centered care to millions of people across the country," according to an AANP news...READ MORE »
Study: Lawsuits increase for laser procedures by nonphysicians
Lawsuits related to laser procedures conducted by nonphysicians are increasing, particularly outside traditional medical settings, according to a study. Nonphysicians performing skin laser surgery in the study, published Oct. 16 on the website of JAMA Dermatology, included nurse practitioners, RNs, medical assistants, electrologists and aestheticians, among others. Skin-related laser procedures such as hair removal...READ MORE »
H1N1 flu vaccine doesn't lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes
The H1N1 influenza vaccine appears to be safe for pregnant women, according to results of a national study. In 2009, shortly after the H1N1 influenza outbreak, the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System launched a study to gather data on the safety of the vaccine during pregnancy. VAMPSS is a collaboration between the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine and Boson University, with...READ MORE »
RWJF awards grants to 2 new scope of practice studies
Two new studies examining the regulations, policies and practices that affect nurses' ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training will receive nearly $500,000 in grants, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation news release. The funds will come from RWJF's Future of Nursing National Research Agenda, which was created in 2011 to support research informing implementation of the...READ MORE »
RWJF awards grants to 2 new scope of practice studies
Two new studies examining the regulations, policies and practices that affect nurses' ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training will receive nearly $500,000 in grants, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation news release. The funds will come from RWJF's Future of Nursing National Research Agenda, which was created in 2011 to support research informing implementation of the...READ MORE »
Even children with pediatricians visit retail clinics
In a study, parents with established relationships with pediatricians still accessed care for their children at retail clinics, typically located in large chain drugstores, mostly because the clinics were convenient. Most retail clinics are staffed by nonpediatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants who care for patients 18 months and older with minor illnesses such as ear and throat infections, according...READ MORE »
ANA: Include APRNs in health insurance exchanges
To qualify for state health insurance exchanges, health insurers should have to include a certain number of APRNs in each plan's network of healthcare providers, according to a recommendation from the American Nurses Association. In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on a proposed rule governing the exchanges, the ANA stated that each health insurance plan in a particular state...READ MORE »
Easing restrictions on NPs helps primary care shortage
States with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners' scope of practice had 2.5 times more patients receiving primary care from NPs than did the most restrictive states, according to a study. Facing a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, some states in recent years have eased up on regulations that create barriers for NPs who want to work as primary care providers, according to the study, which was...READ MORE »
Policy brief: how to expand APRNs' scope of practice
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a policy brief about ways to clear barriers blocking APRNs from broadening their scope of practice to meet the rising demand for healthcare services. Such barriers may be legal (state laws and regulations that prohibit APRNs from practicing to the full extent of their training and education, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement restrictions that effectively do the same);...READ MORE »