Published September 19, 2018
On September 18, the American Enterprise Institute released a new study from Dr. Peter Buerhaus, noted healthcare economist and nursing professor at Montana State University, titled "Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America's Primary Care Crisis." Given that tens of millions of Americans do not have adequate access to primary care, this new report calls for greater utilization of nurse practitioners (NPs) as a common-sense solution to meeting the nation's need for high-quality care. Dr. Buerhaus calls on lawmakers, hospital administrators, healthcare systems, and others involved in assuring access to primary care to remove restrictions on nurse practitioners that limit their scope-of-practice, and on physicians to work collaboratively with NPs to build a workforce that is more responsive to community health needs.
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The Social Pulse
New Data Show that More Nurses are Pursuing Higher Levels of Education
Progress continues toward meeting goals outlined in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report established in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine, with especially noteworthy improvements seen in nursing education. Read this article published by Campaign for Action that reveals updates to the campaign dashboard and data that signals a trend toward more education among RNs.
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Opportunities & Resources to Consider
- AACN is pleased to announce a call for applications for the second All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Awards. Up to $20,000 is available for each awardee, who must illustrate how they will increase awareness of this NIH program and the importance of participation of underrepresented communities in biomedical research. If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, complete the application by Monday, October 15, 2018. Selected grantees will be contacted in late October.
- Throughout the year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides funding for Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals that can help RWJF anticipate the future and consider new and unconventional approaches to building a Culture of Health. The RWJF website shares some examples of past Pioneering Ideas as well as an FAQ on how to submit a proposal. Read more >>
- The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing to present a conference on "Transforming Practice, Defining Value," October 16-18, in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will convene national leaders to examine challenges, opportunities, and solutions for transforming health care through nurse-led models of care. The event features plenary sessions, including one led by AACN's Chief Policy Officer Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, as well as breakout presentations and in-depth pre-conference workshops. Read more >>