About One DNP

I earned my "terminal practice" degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in a journey of excitement and challenge. It inspired me to advocate for an all encompassing clinical credential rather than continuing the hodgepodge of nonsensical initials. I hope these entries will provide entertainment and insight into the Doctor of Nursing Practice experience, which will soon be the entry standard for all advanced practice nurses.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National NP Week: Positive Press

Do you know why NPs need to hire a PR firm? Because I am an NP and I had no freakin' clue that this was the official "NP Week!" Here is a selection of excellent advocacy and information articles in celebration:

How nurse practitioners benefit patients

The “nurse” in nurse practitioner is always evident in the way NPs focus on health promotion, health education and attention to the patients’ overall health needs. NPs demonstrate the science of curing along with the art of caring, regardless of their specialties. With a growing need for quality care and an expected shortage of doctors in the coming years, NPs will become increasingly part of the solution.

What nurses with advanced training and certification want to deliver, and what patients in rural areas need, is greater access to primary care.

But don't take their word for it (or mine). Look at the findings of the Institute of Medicine after it examined how nurses can help attain the objectives of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The two-year study culminated in the report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

One of the IHI's key recommendations:Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning healthcare in the United States.

According to a study published in 2000 by the Journal of the American Medical Association, care given by nurse practitioners is just as good as care given by physicians. That's a study a lot of nurse practitioners refer to when they say they can help fill the impending doctor shortage.

Ah, the impending doctor shortage, or rather, the shortage of adult primary care physicians. You might not feel it now, but with an aging population and 32 million newly-insured Americans entering the system, you'll probably feel it soon. Only 7% of fourth-year med school students are planning careers in adult primary care - a supply problem that's been described by none other than NPR's "All Things Considered" as a potential crisis.

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