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AANP SmartBrief Special Report: Professional Development and Education
A commitment to professional development forms the basis for a career as a nurse practitioner. Whether you're an NP, studying to become one or considering the career, this special report highlights news that may inspire you on your way.
The Air Force is recruiting more psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners to cover the needs of airmen and their families. Maj. Brian Cunningham, a mental health nurse practitioner with the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, helps Air Force personnel dealing with mental illness, a job he says gives him a clear sense of purpose. "The psychological impacts of war can be and are traumatic to the point of debilitation," said Lt. Col. Keith Smith, a colleague who has seen the impact of Cunningham's work.
Nurse practitioner Lauren Shaw is taking over as the primary care provider for the Twin City Family Health Center under a partnership with the East Georgia Regional Medical Center. "I am excited to be back in the community that I call home and to be working with such a great staff to provide quality care," Shaw said.
Social media site Doximity is allowing health care providers to create professional networks of specialists with whom to confer and to share patient records. "Utilizing socially rooted tools to collaborate among colleagues and experts we might not otherwise have access to improves care and improves the speed and efficiency with which we can offer that care," said one user.
At the Deans Nursing Policy Coalition in Washington, D.C., Emory University nursing school dean Linda McCauley and other coalition members emphasized the importance of advanced practice nurses. Advanced practice nurses' training and education qualify them to provide high-quality, cost-effective care, according to the coalition. The briefing also highlighted the benefits of research from nurse scientists and the capacity of advanced practice nurses to care for an increasing population of patients with chronic illnesses.
The University of Texas at El Paso will help train nurse practitioners in emergency care with the help of a $787,202 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Close to 50 NP students will train at Tenet Healthcare's Sierra Providence Health Network. The grant will also support the hiring of faculty and the trauma certification of 24 Tenet NPs.
Nurse practitioner Jona Ely of Craig, Colo., has focused on smoking cessation for the research component of her DNP studies at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. "Our smoking rates are higher than both the state and national averages. It's dismal the amount of people who quit smoking and then pick it back up in three months, six months or a year," she said.
Briar Cliff University in Iowa is offering a two-year online Master of Science in Nursing/nurse educator program to answer a local and national shortage of nursing faculty. While Briar Cliff has not had to limit enrollment in its bachelor's program, a shortage of clinical faculty forced it to cap enrollment in its nurse practitioner master's program.
With our unique connection to the nurse practitioner community, AANP's online job board, AANP CareerLink, provides job seekers and employers an unmatched opportunity to connect. Employers reach a tremendous audience of NP professionals utilizing AANP CareerLink, which receives an average of over 16,000 visits per month! Job seekers can search and apply online to the most promising listing of NP jobs at any time, for free. AANP CareerLink connects you to a world of career resources that help you succeed, visit now!
AANP's CE Center offers approximately 100 contact hours in CE relevant to NP practice. Topics range from managing acute and chronic conditions to ways to enhance your professionalism. All programs are free to AANP members. Nonmembers may access select programs at no cost and complete others for a fee. Review the list of programs currently available through the CE Center here.
Abstracts will be accepted for the 28th National Conference for NPs through Sept. 5. The 2013 conference will cover the full range of specialties, settings and experiential levels. Abstract selections will be based on the quality and clarity of the abstract and relevance to the contemporary NP practice environment. To learn more, go to the Call for Abstracts here.