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Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the healthcare and medical upkeeping of the population of the U.S., especially today as the industry changes and more nurses with master’s of nursing degrees are taking primary care positions in medical practices. In order to become a nurse practitioner, individuals must be dedicated, caring and willing to [...]

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Study shows that nurse practitioners give same care as physicians

News-Medical.net reports that patients in the U.S. receive the same quality of care from nurse practitioners as they would from a licensed physician or doctor. Additionally, patients cite that they are both diagnosed and treated as effectively and correctly by nurse practitioners as they are by other primary care providers. A recent study published by [...]

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Nurse practitioner-led clinic in Georgia awarded large federal grant

Access North Georgia reports that the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic, located in Dahlonega, Georgia, has received a $1.8 million grant. According to the news source, the funding was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and is intended to support the growth of additional satellite medical centers in the area. According to the [...]

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Nurse practitioners at CVS MinuteClinic pass 10 million patient mark

CVS Caremark recently announced that its MinuteClinic reached an important milestone. According to the company, the nurse practitioners who staff these walk-in medical centers have officially treated more than 10 million patients nationwide. The first MinuteClinic was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2000. In the 11 years since CVS Caremark began building these centers, close [...]

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Nurse practitioner-led clinic to open in Darlington County

South Carolina Now, an internet news source, reports that a new Genesis Healthcare clinic will soon open in Lamar, SC. Alice D. Caldwell, a nurse practitioner, will run the medical center. Caldwell, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing, has been a nurse practitioner for more than 15 years. Prior to pursuing an advanced [...]

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Organization for healthcare professionals helps nurses post-degree

The Worcester Telegram, a Massachusetts news source, reported that many students just out of nursing school have found great satisfaction and success working with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Through this organization, many new medical professionals have been able to get important experience, pay off their school loans and pursue advanced programs such as [...]

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Nurse practitioner joins internal medicine department of new clinic

The Independent Mail has reported that Sonya Willard, a nurse practitioner from Lavonia, Georgia, will join the staff of the Toccoa Clinic. Willard recently graduated from a Georgia-based university, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree. Prior to this, she had completed an undergraduate nursing program at the same college. According to [...]

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Nurse practitioners improve care for stroke victims in Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported on the improvements nurse practitioners have had on the way stroke victims are diagnosed and treated in the state of Georgia. According to the news source, many hospitals have been able to experience huge progress in this area over the past decade due to the hard work and persistence of [...]

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Recent grad inspired to earn advanced nursing degree after serving in Africa

The Sequim Gazette, a Washington-based news source, published an interview with town resident Hailey Fox, an individual who recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. According to the media outlet, Fox chose to join the service organization following her graduation from a bachelor of arts program [...]

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Thanks to nurse practitioners, individuals may be able to stay healthy without insurance

The St. Petersburg Times recently published an interview with nurse practitioner Trudy Grossman discussing the important role of these medical professionals in treating patients without sufficient health insurance coverage. Grossman, who has earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree, is currently employed by the St. Petersburg Free Clinic in Florida. As a nurse practitioner, [...]

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Long Island nurse practitioner elected to AANP

The Nurse Practitioners Association of Long Island announced its pick for this year's representative to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Margaret O'Donnell, a nurse practitioner who specializes in adult medicine, was chosen to represent New York state. As a state representative, O'Donnell will serve as the liaison between the AANP and nurse practitioners [...]

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Ground set to break on new nurse practitioner-led clinic

The Greenfield Reporter, a news source based out of Montana, reported that construction on the new $16 million nurse practitioner-led clinic in Columbus will begin by the end of the year. The health center will be equipped with 10 beds, several medical professionals with Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and is designed to bring [...]

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Austintown gets new nurse practitioner-staffed mobile clinic

The school district of Austintown, Ohio, will be given a mobile healthcare clinic staffed by nurse practitioners by the beginning of the 2012 academic year, reports Trib Today, an online news source based out of the Mahoning Valley. This comes as a result of the $500,000 grant the district received from the U.S. Health and [...]

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Recent Master of Science in Nursing grad loves her new job

SWVA Today, a news source located in southwest Virginia, published an article discussing recent nursing school graduate Andrea Rupe's new career as a nurse practitioner. According to the media outlet, Rupe has excelled in this position and considers her job a "calling." Rupe earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from a Virginia-based university. [...]

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New mental health outpatient clinic to be staffed by nurse practitioners

News Press Now, an internet source based in St. Joseph, Missouri, reported that the Heartland Regional Medical Center recently opened an outpatient clinic in the area to service individuals who frequently "fall through the cracks" after being discharged from an in-house program. According to the news source, the Heartland Psychiatry Clinic is located close to [...]

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Nurse practitioner teaches hospital importance of cultural sensitivity

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on the importance of cultural sensitivity when dealing with minority patients. According to the news source, Ann Cho, a nurse practitioner, is helping to increase awareness of this phenomenon and bridge the gap between multicultural individuals and their doctors at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, California. Last [...]

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Long Island nurse practitioners flock to expo

Nurse.com recently reported on the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island's annual conference and meeting, the Nurse Practitioner Expo. This event, which was titled Practice Issues 2011, was attended by more than 350 of the area's leading specialists. Most of the individuals who participated were nurse practitioners who possess Master of Science in Nursing degrees. [...]

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New York nurse practitioner develops vaccination initiative

Nurse.com reported that Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, a nurse practitioner and nurse educator with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, was recently honored with a prestigious award from the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANA, a Happauge, New York-based organization, presented Petraco with the its Immunity Award due to her extensive work on vaccination issues. Since [...]

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Male nurse practitioner discusses his career

Ken Wysocki, a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator at an Arizona-based university, recently sat down with WorkingNurse.com to discuss his career in a women-dominated industry. Wysocki, who earned his Master of Science in Nursing from a Wisconsin-based school in 1987, was been working in the medical field for more than 25 years. According to [...]

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Nurse practitioner highlights importance of blood donation

Mary Jasmine, a family nurse practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, recently sat down with the Independent Tribune, a North Carolina-based news outlet, to discuss the importance of donating blood. According to the news source, Jasmine first realized the necessity of blood and platelet banks when she was working in an oncology [...]

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Nurse practitioner-led clinic offers more services to patients

Susan Dirks, the co-owner of North Shore Nurse Practitioners, recently sat down with the Danvers Patch, a Massachusetts-based news outlet, to discuss her clinic and the important services that it provides for the community. Dirks is a nurse practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing degree and multiple certifications. In addition to being a [...]

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Nurse practitioner makes important contribution to Alzheimer’s research

Denise Canchola, a nurse practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a mental health certification, recently became involved in the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch. Utilizing the organization's database, she was able to get involved in research taking place in San Antonio, Texas from her home in Pompano Beach, Florida. Canchola became interested in [...]

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Nurse practitioner believes his community can be served without doctors

Chris Savard, a nurse practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing, recently sat down with TheSpec.com to discuss the future of healthcare and the current shortage of primary care providers in medical practices. According to him, nurse practitioners are the solution to this health crisis. Nurse practitioners are medical professionals with extensive training and [...]

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Male nurse inspired to get Master of Science in Nursing degree

As a male nurse working in Nashville, Tennessee, Amen Eguakun always wondered what opportunities were open to him. Recently he sat down with MinorityNurse.com to discuss his rise from an RN to one of the leading nurse practitioners working to advance HIV and AIDS treatment in the Nashville area. According to Eguakun, it was his [...]

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New nurse practitioner joins local practice

The Daily Democrat, a news outlet based in Woodland, California, has reported that Clariza Aguillon Doms has taken a position as a nurse practitioner at Woodland Healthcare, a local medical practice. Doms, who has earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree, will be working as a member of the internal medicine department. Prior to [...]

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Police and nurse practitioners work together in California

The Modesto Bee, a California-based news source, has reported that the police department in Ceres, California, has had great success working with nurse practitioners at the community's public health fairs. Established in 2007, these programs provide preventative care to individuals who lack health insurance or access to a primary care provider. At the most recent [...]

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Nurse practitioner opens clinic for uninsured patients

Melissa Herpel, a nurse practitioner with a master's of science in nursing degree, recently opened the Express Family Clinic in Houston, Texas, The Spring Observer reports. This practice, which began seeing patients on June 1, is designed to serve individuals who are lacking health insurance. Each patient at the clinic must pay a flat rate [...]

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More patients are seeing nurse practitioners than ever before

In the past, individuals who needed medical attention used to see a doctor for treatment. However, today, more patients are making appointments with nurse practitioners instead, Delaware Online reports. According to the news source, this increased trend of patients seeing nurse practitioners highlights an important shift in the delivery of healthcare. Fewer doctors are choosing [...]

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Nurse practitioner opens new clinic for children

The Capital, a Maryland-based newspaper, has reported that Sandra Shanahan, a nurse practitioner, has opened a weekly clinic for children in the basement of a local Annapolis Salvation Army. Prior to the grand opening of this clinic, Shanahan, who has earned a master's of science in nursing degree, offered medical services out of the Mount [...]

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Nurse practitioner brings healthcare to rural communities

According to the Daily Register, Leslie Curry was recently named Rural Practitioner of the Year by the Illinois Rural Health Association for her work bringing healthcare and medical services to the community of Galatia. Galatia is a rural area in Illinois with a large Amish population. Prior to three years ago, the community did not [...]

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Popular nurse-practitioner applauded for service

The Palm Beach Post has reported that Juan Amado, a Florida-based nurse practitioner, has been honored for exemplary service by the executive director of the Genesis Community Health Center where he works. This practice is known for being sensitive to the needs of the ethnically diverse populations in the area, as well as for providing [...]

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Nurse practitioner discusses healthcare

Jean Nagelkerk, the vice provost for health at a Michigan-based university, recently sat down with Michigan Live to discuss the state of healthcare in the U.S. and her personal contributions to the field. Nagelkerk is a nurse practitioner with both a master's of science in nursing and doctoral degree. She has also earned a postdoctoral [...]

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AAPPN establishes award named after nurse practitioner

Due to her work providing healthcare to individuals in rural communities and the establishment of the Harmony Hill Retreat Center, the Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (AAPPN) has recently created a Gretchen Schodde Lifetime Achievement Award. Schodde, the namesake and a nurse practitioner, was the first individual to be bestowed with this honor in [...]

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Josefina Lujan discusses nursing shortage

Josefina Lujan, a nurse practitioner and nursing professor in Texas, recently sat down with the El Paso Inc. newspaper to discuss the nursing shortage in the state and the necessity of attracting more Hispanics into the nursing profession. According to Lujan, increasing the amount of Hispanic nurses is one solution to addressing the increased need [...]

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Medical practice in Missouri to increase access to nurse practitioners

CoxHealth, a corporation with more than 70 clinics in Missouri, has recently announced the addition of three new nurse practitioners to its staff. This announcement comes as part of the healthcare provider's move to increase patient access to these medical professionals. Susan Bounous, Melissa Abramovita and Kimberly Heiser will soon begin practicing at Cox Family [...]

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Healthcare conference in Virginia discusses important role of nurse practitioners

Earlier this month, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce sponsored a conference on the state's healthcare system, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. This meeting was entitled Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Partnerships, and was attended by more than 500 medical professionals and business leaders, including the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP). The conference was focused on addressing [...]

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Nurse practitioner discusses the perks of her job

Anne Beighley, a nurse practitioner with a master's of science in nursing degree, recently sat down with the Post Bulletin, a news outlet based out of Rochester, Minnesota, to discuss her work at the Olmsted Medical Center. According to Beighley, the best part about her job is spending time with patients. She revealed to the [...]

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More patients are seeing nurse practitioners for skin ailments

According to a recent article in the Ventura County Star, a newspaper based out of Camarillo, California, an increasing number of nurse practitioners are going into the medi-spa field. Medi-spas are practices where individuals can undergo cosmetic procedures by licensed physicians or certified nurse practitioners. Many of the patients at these healthcare centers are seeking [...]

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Nurse practitioners provide important service for patients at CVS

CVS recently announced that it will partner up with OhioHealth to run the state's MinuteClinics. Currently, the corporation has more than 500 locations in the U.S. including seven in Ohio. Currently, CVS MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners. These individuals are trained to identify, diagnose and treat minor injuries and common illnesses. They are also [...]

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Nurse practitioners are essential to the practice of oncology

According to a recent article on MedScape Medical News, nurse practitioners are making an important and necessary contribution to oncology departments. The results of a study conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology show that a severe shortage of specialists is expected to coincide with an increase in cancer patients over the next decade. [...]

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Nurse practitioners have mixed feelings about ACOs

As a result of new healthcare regulations, accountable care organizations (ACO) will begin to take over the face of the medical industry in the next year. Nurse practitioners have expressed mixed feelings about this new development as they are unsure how they will be included and affected. According to Kaiser Health News, ACOs are initiative-based [...]

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New York woman inducted into American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recently announced that it will induct Joy Elwell, a New York nurse, into the organization as a Fellow on June 24. This will come as part of the AANP national conference, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. The AANP established their Fellows program in [...]

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Are nurse practitioners replacing family practice doctors?

Lesly Curry was recently named rural practitioner of the year by the Illinois Rural Health Association. Since she arrived in Galatia, Illinois three years ago, the town, which previously had no access to healthcare facilities within 10 miles, has transformed into a medical center with a very busy, award-winning downtown practice. Curry was recognized for [...]

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New Jersey woman receives prestigious nursing award

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has announced the winners of its 2011 State Awards for Excellence. Dr. Theresa Campo from Palermo has been selected as the recipient of this award in the state of New Jersey. Campo – who has worked as a nurse practitioner at the Shore Memorial Hospital's Quick Care program [...]

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Home healthcare may be a satisfying specialty for nurse practitioners

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of nursing jobs take place outside of a hospital setting. Of the many other alternative work environments in which nurses provide important services, one is the home. Nurse practitioner Monica Beshara has been working in the field for more than 27 years and only recently began [...]

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Nurse practitioner awarded prestigious grant

Nurse practitioner Joanne Lester was recently announced as the winner of one of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation's Young Investigator Awards. The NCCN launched this program this past year through the award of five grants to healthcare professionals whose work focuses on oncology. Lester – who works as a research scientist and nurse [...]

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Nurse practitioners could be the solution to a healthcare problem

Nationwide, there exists a shortage of primary care physicians. According to a report recently issued by the Massachusetts Medical Society, fewer medical school graduates across the country are choosing to go into this field. At the same time, public and private insurance plans consistently under-reimburse primary care doctors for their service, which feeds the trend [...]

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