21 Trends for Nurse Practitioners in 2016 Part I
Today we write this blog topic and shall continue discussing in our next upcoming blogs the same in details. In the booming story of healthcare sector the nurses have their own role and applause is credited to them.
The purpose of this blog piece is to explore 21 health care trends to watch for in 2016 that could impact nurse practitioners and help in healthcare reform and as a whole towards the health technology. Here I’m discussing a few and the rest will be discussed in our upcoming articles.
Nurse Practitioner Concerns
Conventionally the nursing profession was filled with middle-aged Caucasian females; now since the past decades, there are some demographic changes. Recent nurse graduates are more educated, with ethnic diversity and younger. Even more men are entering the profession than previous counts.
New graduates opt to choose non-clinical nursing careers in informatics, health policy, education and hospital administration. Younger nurses are more in a haste to change the profession.
Non-Nurse yet Nurse Practitioners
It is common that “non-nurse” are willing and rather practicing as nurses. Non-nurse nurse practitioners are those who work as a nurse without any previous experience as a nurse.
Physicians find these non-nurse nurse practitioners more clinically proficient than those with registered nursing experience.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
The growth of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree has increased everyone’s expectations.
The University of Kentucky College of Nursing began the first DNP program in 2001, which mainly targeted educating clinical executives. Today, DNP graduates are enacting a variety of roles which includes specialist clinician, primary care provider, research scientist, professor, advocate, informaticist, lobbyist, and executive.
In the early part of 1980s, Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Washington were the first states to adopt more advanced legislation surrounding nurse practitioner rights
Though the physician community objected, the Institute of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Federal Trade Commission (among many others) supported legislation that permits nurse practitioners for independent practice. Independent practice has definitely reached a tipping point, with more and more state legislatures removing the outdated laws that prevent patients from receiving services from nurse practitioners.
The nurse practitioner salaries have increased over the decades even faster than inflation and they also surpassed their physician assistant colleagues.
In March 2015, the AACN published an update on the scope of the nursing faculty shortage. This crisis continues to grow due to college budget constraints, an aging faculty, and job competition from clinical sites.
High Job Demand
Yet their job demand continues to rise. In 2015, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 31% growth rate for the nurse practitioner profession compared with the average of 11% for all other careers. According to Fortune Magazine, nursing remained the most in-demand profession across the world this year, and nurse practitioner was ranked the second best job in America by U.S. News and World Report.
To be contd.
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