We would also like to call your attention to the study Residency Programs for New Nurse Graduates: How Widespread are They and What are the Primary Obstacles to Further Adoption? by Polly Pittman, Carolina Herrera, Emily Bass and Pamela Thompson. This study examines the prevalence of hospital RN residences, what types of hospitals have RN residencies, how RN residencies are funded and the barriers to establishing RN residency programs. Of the 219 hospitals surveyed, 36.9% offered nurse residencies in 2011. Nurse residencies were more common in urban settings, midsized hospitals, not-for-profit hospitals and hospitals located in the South. Financial costs were the greatest challenge to implementing a nursing residency program.
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Certain nurses with additional training could prescribe drugs without doctor approval under a controversial bill approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Senators voted 20-18 to pass Senate Bill 2, which allows for the licensure of advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, who can diagnose, treat patients and prescribe drugs without physician supervision.
Overview of the upcoming work to be conducted at the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center.
The study The Changing Physician Assistant Profession: A Gender Shift recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants provides a chronological overview of the evolving of physician assistant (PA) movement. The PA profession began as an opportunity for male Vietnam War veterans to transition into the civilian workforce, and over time transformed into a competitive profession for young, predominantly female college graduates. This paper documents - from the 1960’s through today - the development of the PA profession from historical, cultural, gender, and sociological viewpoints.
A new Missouri law is providing more freedom for physician assistants to care for patients. Advocates hope the change will alleviate the shortage of primary care doctors in Branson, Missouri and across the state — a shortage expected to worsen as the Affordable Care Act expands health care benefits to millions more Americans.
A new Missouri law will allow nurse practitioners to treat patients under a doctor’s supervision using phone, email or video.
On Tuesday, April 23rd the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held the congressional hearing Successful Primary Care Programs: Creating the Workforce We Need. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) chaired this hearing, which focused on potential solutions to shortages in the primary care workforce. Expanding federal support for community health centers, extending funding to Teaching Health Centers (THCs) and expanding the National Health Service Corps were potential solutions that were highlighted in the hearing. A startling statistic from this meeting points out that THCs get $230 million for 5 years, while Medicare GME spends $50 billion to train residents in traditional hospital-based setting over the same period.
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is a public-private partnership that contributes to the transformation of health care by identifying ways to improve health, enhance patient care and control costs through integrating interprofessional practice and education. By rigorously aligning and integrating the needs and interests of health professions education with practice, the center aims to create a transformational “nexus” to incubate ideas, define the field, guide program development and research.
10 women professors who reached a $4.65 million settlement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. They were systematically underpaid as male colleagues outpaced them in salary and promotions — year after year.
"The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is one of six medical schools in North America under the microscope as part of a U.S.-based study examining new models of medical education for the 21st century."
In the last twelve months, public anxiety about student debt has reached a boiling point. The Occupy protests that began in 2011 included large numbers of unemployed young college graduates with five-figure indentures to the higher education-banking complex. In recent months, total outstanding student loan debt topped $1 trillion, more than Americans owe on credit cards.
As pressure mounts on primary care providers to improve patient health and lower health care costs, delivery systems are looking to nurses to solve many of primary care’s most pressing challenges. Nurse practitioners (NPs) and certi!ed nurse-midwives (CNMs) are providing primary care alongside physicians and physician assistants. NPs and RNs are leading the way in managing chronic conditions and coordinating care transitions. RNs and licensed practical nurses are tracking patients to make sure they get the care they need, and nurses at all levels are educating patients to better care for themselves. This brief explores policies that support this evolution in primary care delivery and looks at several innovative models that provide patient-centered, coordinated, and cost-effective care by taking advantage of nursing’s strengths.
The purpose of the interprofessional coordinating center is to provide an infrastructure for leadership, expertise, and support to enhance the coordination and capacity building of IPECP among health professions across the U.S. and particularly in medically underserved areas. Through innovative program coordination, scholarly activities, and analytic data collection efforts, the coordinating center will raise the visibility of high-quality, coordinated, team-based care that is well-informed by interprofessional education and best practice models. The CC-IPECP will be a focal point in a growing national effort to foster IPECP among health professions.
"Disparate voices from the White House, a national fiscal commission, Congress, a Medicare advisory body, private foundations, and academic medical leaders are advocating changes to Medicare's investment in graduate medical education (GME), which currently totals $9.5 billion annually."
"Georgia and the rest of the nation already have a general shortage of obstetricians, internists, pediatricians and family medicine doctors, especially in rural and urban areas. And things are getting worse. The Health Resources and Services Administration forecasts a shortage of 65,000 primary care physicians in the U.S. in 2020."
"The nation’s health probably would improve if primary care and public health were better integrated, says an Institute of Medicine report."