STATE OF NURSING TODAY
Is A Nurse Practitioner A “Doctor?”
Nurse practitioners are demanding a wider scope of practice and even to be called “doctor” if they have a doctorate. And 28 states are considering giving them what they want, to which physician societies object.
But it’s not just the dependent practitioners breathing down primary care’s neck. CVS announced it will double its number of retail clinics and expand the range of services from acute, episodic care to screening and even chronic illnesses. Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart are increasing their numbers of clinics, too.
“Nursing schools are turning away tens of thousands of qualified applicants; 1/2 of nursing-school faculty members will reach retirement age; U.S. is on the verge of losing some 500,000 nurses to retirement.” Source: Read More>>>>
The Future Of Nursing Is Here Health Experts Say
Nurse Practitioners May Be The Thing Of The Future
Median Salary $96,093
Low 10% $82,775 to 25% $89,122 to 75% $103,438 to High 90% $110,125
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the growth within this profession should be in line with that of other similar nursing fields. This forecast predicts job growth of around 23% through the year 2016, which presents outstanding opportunity.
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Linda H. Aiken, Ph.D., R.N.
December 15, 2010 (10.1056/NEJMp1011639)
On October 5, 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report in which it recommended that the proportion of nurses in the United States who hold at least a bachelor’s degree be increased from its current level of 50% to 80% by 2020.1 The education of nurses may seem to be a less pressing matter than providing access to care for millions of uninsured Americans and making care affordable, effective, and safe for all. Yet if we don’t alter the historical patterns of nursing education, the country’s nursing resources will be crippled for the foreseeable future — with repercussions for all those patient-focused goals.
Nursing schools are turning away tens of thousands of qualified applicants because of budget constraints and a worsening faculty shortage. Within the next 10 years, half of nursing-school faculty members will reach retirement age; the anticipated attrition represents a crisis in the making, with potentially far-reaching consequences for the replenishment of the nurse workforce, which is itself on the verge of losing some 500,000 nurses to retirement.
The number of new graduates from nurse-practitioner programs has remained flat, at about 8000 per year, despite rapidly escalating demand. The 80-hour workweek for resident physicians was made possible by teaching hospitals’ hiring of thousands of advanced-practice registered nurses (APRNs). More than 3 million American families annually have received care at some 1100 new retail clinics staffed primarily by APRNs. APRNs have facilitated the largest expansion of community health centers since the 1960s, with 7354 sites throughout the country now providing care for more than 16 million people. Nurse anesthetists administer an estimated 30 million anesthetics to patients each year. Moreover, a number of health care reform initiatives are predicated on APRNs’ filling a range of new roles in primary care, prevention, and care coordination.
Why has the graduation rate of APRNs stalled when there are so many good employment opportunities for nurses, and why is there a looming shortage of nursing faculty? The answer is simple, although the solution may not be: to qualify for faculty or APRN positions, most nurses have to return to school after obtaining their basic education and licensure to acquire two or more additional academic degrees — a prospect that is simply not feasible for most practicing nurses.
This article (10.1056/NEJMp1011639) was published on December 15, 2010, at NEJM.org.
Mary Brenkinridge, Founder
Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
FSMFN provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives (CNM), family nurse practitioners (FNP), or women’s health care nurse practitioners (WHCNP) by providing a community-based distance graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) a post-master’s certificate or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The FSMFN seeks to meet the needs of prospective nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who do not want to leave their home communities to obtain the graduate education they desire to fulfill their professional aspirations. Didactic coursework is delivered using web-based, distance education courses allowing students to achieve their higher education goals without leaving home for classes. Using clinics, hospitals, and preceptors in their own community allows students to get the hands-on clinical experience required for these exciting health care professions. Two on-campus sessions are required, including an orientation prior to beginning studies, and intensive skill workshops prior to beginning the clinical practicum.
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