It’s Time to Fix What Ails Us
RealClear Health | January 15, 2020
Today, 270,000 NPs are transforming health care access for millions of patients in over 1 billion visits annually. Yet, despite over 50 years of outstanding patient care delivered by NPs, outdated laws in 28 states prevent NPs from working at the top of their professional preparation. As a result, 80 million Americans nationwide remain “landlocked” in health care deserts where there is inadequate access to primary care.
To the editor: Bill would empower nurses, boost Ohio's health
The Toledo Blade | January 12, 2020
Access barriers to health care are complex. Nearly 1.5 million Ohioans lack access to primary care. Passage of Ohio House Bill 177 would improve access to care by eliminating Ohio’s mandated physician standard-care agreement, a formal requirement to collaborate with physicians.
Here’s an easy way to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care
The Washington Post | January 2, 2020
Americans have witnessed fierce debates on health-care policy focused on various proposals, including Medicare-for-all. Whatever your take on such proposals, it’s important to remember that there are other ways to expand access to affordable health care. One promising idea — which wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime and may actually save money — is to expand the role of highly trained nurse practitioners in providing primary care.
2020: The year of the nurse lifts off
American Nurse | January 1, 2020
When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be designated The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, enthusiasm rippled throughout the global nursing community. Coinciding with the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, this year holds deep meaning for nurses and nursing leaders who appreciate having our work take center stage under the auspices of such an influential organization.
Plan to give nurse practitioners greater role in patient care fuels debate
The Boston Globe | December 27, 2019
Massachusetts makes it difficult for her to do so. So she opened an office across the state line, in Brattleboro, Vt., where nurse practitioners are allowed to treat patients on their own. In Massachusetts, nurse practitioners can have regular patients, but they must work under the supervision of physicians. “It becomes a bureaucratic hurdle,” Ronconi said. “It’s a barrier.”
Why Our Healthcare Conversation Must Consider How We Care For Nurses
Forbes | December 20, 2019
Nearly a decade ago, the Affordable Care Act focused the country’s attention squarely on health. From who has access to how we will pay for it to what tech’s role is in the evolution, questions about how to tackle our nation’s healthcare quandary are being discussed around dinner tables, in boardrooms and on the political stage. As these conversations continue, we must also consider healthcare professionals, without whom there would be no care.
Commentary: Stop blocking health care options in rural communities
Culpeper Start-Exponent | December 14, 2019
For many Americans, health care is difficult to obtain. This has little to do with whether or not they have insurance. Rather, it concerns the distribution of medical resources, the patterns of patients’ lives, and the obstacles we throw in the way of innovation. We can do better.
Lane County nurse practitioners ‘thrive on challenges’
The Register-Guard | December 13, 2019
Despite the increasing demand for their services, nurse practitioners often have to describe to patients what they do. “There’s not always a good understanding of the breadth of knowledge that we have and what kinds of things we can manage on the part of patients,” Lynee Mumaw, a PeaceHealth nurse practitioner, said. “Some people think that we have to work under the supervision of a physician. And in Oregon, we don’t.”
Letter to the editor: We need nurse practitioners
TRIBLive | December 12, 2019
I’ve been the patient of a talented and caring nurse practitioner for 30 years. I am writing to respond to the recent back and forth between nurse practitioners and doctors regarding full practice authority for nurse practitioners.
The Last Nurse in Memphis, Texas
Texas Observer | December 2, 2019
Carole Ward, a former nurse practitioner, ran the only health clinic in a small town in the Panhandle until she retired in 2017.
Executive order is timely recognition of nurse practitioners
Richmond Times-Dispatch | November 18, 2019
President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order designed to protect and improve Medicare for our nation’s seniors. Part of this order calls for removal of outdated barriers to practice so that all health care providers can practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification.
Wanted: Nurses in rural places
Albuquerque Journal | November 4, 2019
The two health care organizations collaborated to land a $3.2 million grant from the national Health Resources and Services Administration to be used to develop a residency program for nurse practitioners in 10 New Mexico cities and towns.
Nurse practitioner students to help curb health provider shortage
Journal Review | November 1, 2019
Through a new federally-funded initiative, Purdue will train a group of nurse practitioner students to ask patients about non-complex mental health issues at three area clinics, including Riggs Community Health Center, North Central Nursing Clinics and Valley Oaks Health.