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Relationship-Centered Care and Nurse Practitioners

As a nurse practitioner (NP) who was responsible for the care of active duty and retired military members for more than a decade, the importance of relationship-centered care became exceptionally clear. NPs are educated and clinically trained to care for the whole person, to listen to our patients, and to use evidence and diagnostic tools to assess their health care needs and develop appropriate treatment plans. In the modern health care system, that often means working in concert with other members of health care teams and ensuring that each team member is empowered to utilize the full scope of clinical skills and expertise they possess. Health and healing hinges on human relationships, including those between patients and their families, patients and providers, and members of the health care team. Thanks to their strong nursing foundation, NPs excel in building patient-provider relationships based on compassion, understanding, and trust. NPs are leaders who consult with and advocate for their patients and their communities. They take time to listen and to educate patients—components of relationship-centered care that improve compliance with treatment plans and reduce unnecessary hospitalization....

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Give level playing field to advanced practice nurses

Photo: Eric Kayne /For The Houston Chronicle An advanced practice nurse listens to a patient’s chest. After APRNs complete undergraduate and graduate classroom training, graduate specialty clinical training, and complete their state licensure, there’s one last hurdle Texas throws in their way: a “delegation agreement.” Each day thousands of Texas patients see their health care provider for services ranging from the common cold or flu to delivering a new baby to geriatric care to mental health services. And for more and more Texans, it is highly trained and specialized nurses who provide this level of personalized care. Advanced Practice Nurses, or APRNs, perform many of the same duties as a physician, which is good news for our state’s health care provider shortage. The bad news for patients is that our current regulatory climate is restricting the ability of APRNs to practice to the full extent of their licensure and training.  Lawmakers have long recognized APRNs, which include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists, play a crucial role in addressing our state’s growing and changing health care needs. To that end, the state funds several programs to train these specialized nurses and to license and regulate them. After APRNs complete undergraduate and graduate classroom training, graduate specialty clinical training, and complete their state licensure, there’s one last hurdle Texas throws in their way: a “delegation...

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2017 Brings More Access To Nurse Practitioners, PAs And Telemedicine

Americans are poised in 2017 to gain even more access to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and health professionals via smartphones, apps and related digital health technology. Across the country, states led by both Republicans and Democrats have eased scope-of-practice laws to allow easier access to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. And associations for “NPs” and “PAs” are increasing their lobbying to intensify their push in 2017 to serve more patients. More  ...

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ANCC Preceptor Bank

FOR ALL ANCC members: Hello! Graduate students and universities can now benefit from the ANCC Preceptor Bank. Join over three hundred of your colleagues who have already joined the ANCC Preceptor Bank. This newly developed tool will make it easier to locate eligible APRNs and link them with graduate students needing their services. The goal of the ANCC Preceptor Bank is to fill the need by helping graduate students find the preceptors needed for graduate school clinicals, while allowing APRNs to volunteer their time to earn professional development hours for certification renewal. All universities in the Certification Eligibility Curriculum Review Program (CECRP) will have access to the Preceptor Bank to help students eliminate the costs associated with finding a volunteer. CECRP gives nursing schools an advantage, ensuring nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs meet ANCC certification education eligibility criteria. Students gain assurance that the nursing program they have chosen qualifies them to seek ANCC national certification. http://www.nursecredentialing.org/CECRP Join the ANCC Preceptor Bank to: • Enhances your role commitment as an APRN. • Help teach future APRNs and increase their exposure to the latest practice-based research. • Enhance one’s professional reputation by helping a new advanced practice graduate nurse grow into a competent health care provider. • Earn your professional development for your renewal of your ANCC Certification. Join your colleagues by participating in the ANCC Preceptor Bank. Please...

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