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Recognizing quality care

Recognizing quality care

Two notable reports on safety and quality from the Institute of Medicine — “To Err Is Human” and “Crossing the Quality Chasm” — have made a substantial impact on health care over the past two decades. And while health system reform continues to be debated, there [Read More]

Celebrating a milestone

Celebrating a milestone

As 2015 drew to a close, advanced practice registered nurse stakeholders gathered to celebrate and take stock of a significant accomplishment:  the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.  The American Nurses Association co-hosted the daylong meeting with the American [Read More]

ANA partners to address a challenging public health problem

ANA partners to address a challenging public health problem

“Opioid abuse is a national issue that has touched families from all demographics. It is a complex problem that is going to require collaborative effort on many levels to address,” said Martha Carter, DHSc, MBA, APRN, CNM, chief executive officer of FamilyCare Health [Read More]

White House report on occupational licensing

White House report on occupational licensing

Nursing, as a health profession that poses a risk of harm to the public if practiced by someone unprepared or incompetent, has long been regulated. It is widely accepted that nurses, along with physicians, attorneys and pilots, should hold a license to practice and that [Read More]

Nurses as leaders of high-performing interprofessional teams

Nurses as leaders of high-performing interprofessional teams

The days of solo practitioners — whether a family physician or private nurse — are long gone. What the Institute of Medicine has called the “geometric rise in complexity in health care” has made the high-performing health care team a modern necessity. The current [Read More]

Who’s smiling now?

Who’s smiling now?

Sometimes the American Nurses Association’s policy and advocacy work on behalf of advanced practice registered nurses is obvious and easily understandable, such as lobbying for a bill to allow APRNs to order home health services or meeting with a government agency to [Read More]

Words matter

Words matter

The goal of effective dialogue, collaboration and interprofessional understanding when discussing APRN practice is sometimes hampered by politically and emotionally charged language. Given the widespread use of terms like independent, collaboration, supervision and [Read More]

So you want to be an APRN? Know your options!

So you want to be an APRN?  Know your options!

This column is for RNs who are considering graduate education and clinical training to become an advanced practice registered nurse. Given that there are four APRN roles, your first decision is: What type of APRN do you want to be? (See table “Types of APRNs.”) To help [Read More]

Interprofessional task force tackles barriers to clinical training

Interprofessional task force tackles barriers to clinical training

Whether you are a practicing advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), an educator or an administrator, you are likely aware that one of the most significant challenges to increasing the number of APRNs is clinical experience. While the changing health care environment [Read More]

Wave of newly insured individuals escalates the need for services and payment

Wave of newly insured individuals escalates the need  for services and payment

Significant barriers exist to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) getting paid by private insurers. The problems are varied and include refusal to credential APRNs at all, creating requirements for supervision that exceed state requirements, and inequitable [Read More]

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ANA calls for a culture of safety in all health care settings

ANA calls for a culture of safety in all health care settings

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the American Nurses Association asked RNs to help make their workplaces safer to [Read More]

A challenging road

A challenging road

Nurses discuss complexities, ways to address rural health care Registered nurse Sharon Webster, manager of the Hannibal [Read More]

June 25, 2016: Taking action at the Membership Assembly

June 25, 2016: Taking action at the Membership Assembly

Before the Membership Assembly came to a close, representatives took action on measures aimed at improving care to [Read More]

Membership Assembly: Addressing patient engagement, substance use

Membership Assembly: Addressing patient engagement, substance use

The June 24 afternoon session of the Membership Assembly kicked off with a riveting keynote address by Knitasha [Read More]

June 24, 2015: ANA’s Membership Assembly — Shaping the future

June 24, 2015: ANA’s Membership Assembly — Shaping the future

Nearly 300 representatives to the American Nurses Association’s Membership Assembly and observers convened this [Read More]

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