In honor of National Nurses Week this week’s roundup is exclusively focused on stories about and for nurses. From several posts that we have read (including this one by DW Pat Ford-Roegner) this week we appreciate that what nurses want most isn’t flowers, candy or even a week dedicated to thanking and appreciating them, but rather systematic change that makes it easier for them to provide quality health care to their patients. The articles below bring to light how this is happening and could potentially happen.
An article in Florida Today looks at how doctors in Brevard County, Florida have turned to nurse practitioners for help in dealing with the primary care shortage.
Shelia Burke and Bill Novelli authored an op-ed in Politico that discusses how advanced practice nurses can help improve care while lowering costs. They say, “Utilizing APRNs provides the fastest and most cost-effective strategy for meeting the health and health care needs of millions more Americans. That’s why legislation is pending in 14 states to unleash the potential of nurse practitioners.”
A Kaiser Health News article examines what California is thinking about doing to address the impending coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. California is one of 15 states that is thinking about passing legislation that will expand the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses.
Finally, take a look at this infographic developed by HRSA that tells nurses’ stories about how they develop quality care through innovation.
Happy National Nurses Week! And to all our readers who are mothers, Happy Mother’s Day!