Should a nurse be your family doctor?

(MetroNews)  A legislative audit recommends that advanced practice registered nurses in West Virginia be allowed to expand the scope of their care, but the recommendations do not go as far as the APRNs want.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred’s report suggests that further empowering APRNs to provide more primary care would help address the doctor shortage in West Virginia.  However, Allred stopped short of suggesting the nurses could operate independent of physicians. [Read more...]

Improved nurse retention begins with smart hiring practices, expert says

(McKnights) The turnover rate for long-term care nurses is far higher than the national average, but facilities can improve retention by adjusting  human resources practices, a top workforce researcher said in a McKnight’s webcast Thursday.

While it is no secret that long-term care operators see high turnover rates, the hard numbers show just how serious the issue is, said Frederick Morgeson, Ph.D., of Michigan State University. The national turnover rate for all professions is about 4.5 years, while the rate for registered nurses in long-term care is about a year, according to Morgeson. Organizations with 150 nurses could face between $1.25 million to $2 million a year in the costs of losing nurses, he said.   [Read more...]

Bill pushes nurse practitioners as solution to primary care shortage

(The Sentinel) Lorraine Bock was a nurse practitioner for 20 years, the bulk of which she served as the head of Bock Family Healthcare off West Trindle Road in Middlesex Township.

Last Thursday, however, Bock closed her family practice because of the costs and requirements associated with being a nurse practitioner in the family care field.

“It’s truly an economic issue,” said Bock, who is president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and now works in the state’s Legislative Health Services. “But it’s not just a Lorraine Bock issue. No single (nurse practitioner) provider can survive in the environment that exists now.” [Read more...]

Moving Time for Nurses Who Don’t Need Doctors

(Texas Tribune) As an advanced practice nurse specializing in family medicine, Holly Jeffreys operates the only medical clinics in two rural Texas Panhandle counties. The state requires that she have a contract with a physician to supervise both clinics, but she operates the facilities almost independently. [Read more...]

New Report: Nurses Practicing Independently in Retail Clinics Deliver Significant Cost Savings for Many Common Conditions

(Market Watch) A new study co-led(1) by UnitedHealth Group’sUNH -0.05% Center for Nursing Advancement shows that nurse practitioners (NPs) practicing in retail clinics have the potential to deliver significant cost savings when treating a range of common conditions, with the greatest savings occurring in states that allow NPs to practice independently. [Read more...]

Increased nurse staff levels tied to lower odds of Medicare readmissions penalties, study says

(ModernHealthCare.com) Nursing unions wanting higher staffing ratios have more ammunition thanks to a new study concluding that increasing nurse staffing levels could help hospitals avoid Medicare penalties for avoidable readmissions.

The study covered readmissions of Medicare patients who suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. It appears in the October issue of Health Affairs. [Read more...]

Nurse has answers for personalized care

(LivingstonDaily.com) Keeping track of doctor’s appointments, prescription drugs, bills, insurance paperwork and other medical issues can overwhelm patients and their families.

Carolyn Bargero has the cure for those problems.

After working for 25 years as a registered nurse at a number of medical facilities, the Brighton Township woman recently launched Nurse Concierge LLC. [Read more...]

Pennsylvania nurses pushing for greater role in evolving world of health care

(NewsWorks) With the health system bracing for an influx of patients in the months ahead, area nurses hope to take a greater lead in handling those needs. They also hope to be visible resources in the health-care marketplaces, slated to open for enrollment in less than a month. [Read more...]

Public health nurses must rise to growing care need

(Daily Progress) The last time you got a flu shot, had your school nurse examine your child’s vision, or had questions about an elderly parents’ care, did you thank your public health nurse? [Read more...]

TV may reinforce stereotypes about men in nursing

(Reuters) Fictional male nurses on television are sidelined in supporting roles, portrayed as the butt of jokes and cast as commentary providers or minority representatives, all of which makes it harder in reality to recruit men to nursing and retain them, according to a new study. [Read more...]