Healthcare Insider Blog

The growing demand for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners in Pennsylvania

  • Healthcare Alvernia

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2050, the population of Americans age 65 and over is projected to grow to 83.7 million, almost double the estimated population in 2012. The aging population makes up a large portion of health care visits and prescriptions each year since they typically have more chronic conditions […]

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DNPs in Pennsylvania come one step closer to independent practice authority

  • Healthcare Alvernia

This July, for the first time in our state’s history, the Senate passed a bill allowing nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania independent practice authority. Though sadly the bill did not make it through the House of Representatives, nurse practitioners are still one step closer to breaking down the barrier keeping them from the right to practice […]

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PPTA annual conference recap and professional development opportunities for DPT students

  • Healthcare Alvernia

This year’s Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s (PPTA) Annual Conference was held the last weekend of October in Lancaster, PA. The event featured speakers who included authors and award-winning experts in their specialized fields of physical therapy, with interest areas ranging from pediatrics to neurology and neurosurgery to women’s health to hospital orthopedic physical therapy and […]

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#ChoosePT campaign continues to impact doctors of physical therapy and the health care profession at large

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In a recent DPT blog, we spoke of the opioid epidemic that continues to surge through the country — claiming the lives of 165,000+ U.S. citizens since 1999 — and the stand the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has taken in their national #ChoosePT campaign, encouraging people to choose physical therapy as a safe, effective […]

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Doctor of physical therapy career spotlight: Military rehabilitation

  • Healthcare Alvernia

This month we celebrate Veterans Day, where those throughout Reading, Berks County, Harrisburg and all across the United States commemorate millions of brave men and women who have fought for the service and safety of our nation. In continuation of that celebration, we wanted to do a career spotlight on those physical therapists serving our […]

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Doctors of Nursing Practice ramp up curriculum to address growing rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the U.S.

  • Healthcare Alvernia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of deaths from heroin and opioid pain reliever overdoses has increased by 200 percent since the year 2000. Between the year 2000 and 2014, in the United States alone, nearly half a million people died of a drug overdose. In addition, Pennsylvania was […]

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A nurse practitioner cannot work in a vacuum — here’s why

  • Healthcare Alvernia

Some professions are suited for those who want to work independently; health care, however, is not one of them. In the health care system, strength is found in a community of shared knowledge and ideas. That’s why health professionals — physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, staff nurses and therapists — all collaborate to improve patient care. […]

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Can Doctors of Nursing Practice improve the health of those living in Berks County?

  • Healthcare Alvernia

The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment of Berks County indicated “the overall health status of Berks County’s population compares favorably to Pennsylvanians in general and Healthy People 2020 goals.” The report went on to say that nonetheless, “a number of disparities do exist among the subareas and subpopulations studied.“ The highest of which is Reading, […]

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New study shows importance of physical therapy for brain trauma patients

  • Healthcare Alvernia

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The leading cause of these TBIs for children ages 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older is falls. Doctors of physical therapy work with patients on strengthening […]

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Career Spotlight: Travel Nurse Practitioner

  • Healthcare Alvernia

As a young, working doctor of nursing practice, what better way to find your niche than traveling to different clinical settings and working with different patient populations around the state, the country and even the globe — collecting immeasurable experience as you go. This is the role of travel nurse practitioners, otherwise known as Locum […]

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