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…]

From nurses and students, a new assault on inequality

(Hays Post) From the White House to the Vatican, everyone these days seems to be talking about income inequality. But our politics hasn’t kept up. Concrete proposals that could actually narrow the gap between the rich and the rest of us haven’t yet moved onto our public policy center stage. [Read more…]

Better prepared workforce, better retention

(American Nurse) Whether it is a brand new nurse taking on the challenges of full patient-loads or an experienced clinician moving into a managerial or academic role, having a mentor can make an RN’s professional life exponentially better than having to go it alone.

Nurses who are involved in mentoring say that every nurse deserves a trusted mentor. But historically, that’s not been the case, especially given the military and monastic roots of nursing. [Read more…]

Medical industry works to head off looming nurse shortage

(The Gazette) Mary Ann Osborn believes a perfect storm is brewing on the state’s health care horizon.

Iowa’s aging population, combined with the thousands of residents who now have access to health care because of the Affordable Care Act, could bring about a nursing shortage.

“For all of us, the next work force is critical,” said Osborn, vice president and chief clinical officer at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. “It’s not something one organization will solve.”

Iowa is not alone, either. According to the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast, a shortage of registered nurses is projected to spread across the country between 2009 and 2030. [Read more…]

A day in the life of … a student nurse

Alex Collyer

(The Guardian)No two days are the same for student nurse Alex Collyer who used to work for the ambulance service.

Life as a student nurse means that no two days are the same, whether it’s clinical placements, lectures, presentations or simulated practice. It’s varied and challenging but that’s why I enjoy it. [Read more…]

LCCC names Health Sciences Center for nurse

(Times Leader) Luzerne County Community College dedicated the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center on Saturday.

Francis Carrozza, of Pittston, recently donated a naming gift for his wife Mary, who died in February. In addition, the school’s nursing and health sciences programs were named for her. [Read more…]

Nursing becomes more specialized to meet market demand

(Sun Herald) KC Arnold always knew she wanted to become a nurse like her mother. After more than 12 years providing care as a nurse at Keesler AFB, Arnold found herself suddenly out of a job and needing care and reassurance herself to find a new path. [Read more…]

Unprecedented Demand For Family Docs, Nurse Practitioners As Obamacare Emerges

(Forbes) The family physician is the most highly recruited doctor as the Affordable Care Act and trends in medical economics move more health care service to less expensive outpatient settings,according to a national doctor recruitment firm. [Read more…]

Docs say more nurses, PAs not a cure-all for rising health care costs

(BizJournals) Family physicians say simply increasing the ranks of nurse practitioners and physician assistants will serve as a magic cure to health care costs or impending doctor and nurse shortages. [Read more…]

Program gets nurses in school and back to work

(Philly.com) Nothing like a recession and its lingering aftermath to deflate a dream.

Cutting back on hours as a medical secretary to juggle work, raise a family, and pursue her associate degree in nursing seemed like a good idea to Marianne Pecora in 2006, when her husband, a construction worker, was getting plenty of work. [Read more…]

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