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How can disease registries help improve our model of patient-centered care?

In the healthcare realm, the comprehensive collection of patient data — such as information on patients’ diagnoses, care, and outcomes — through registries is crucial for research. It allows DNPs and other healthcare professionals across the board to compare and analyze data and ultimately improve population health management and interventions. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) […]

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VA issues new rule granting NPs full practice authority serving veterans in the VA system

In a previous Healthcare Insider blog we discussed how Pennsylvania has one of the largest populations of veterans in the U.S. — approximately 939,069 — and the growing need of healthcare providers to care for this population. To meet this need across the nation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with the support of […]

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DNP students focus on preventing leading causes of death in women

For years heart disease, above cancer or any other factor, has acted as the number one leading cause of death in women in the U.S according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Even more so than in men. In the past, the majority of research done on heart disease and effort […]

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DNP Career Spotlight: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

In a recent Healthcare Insider blog we addressed the large population of aging adults in the state of Pennsylvania and across the country — projected to grow by 83.7 million by the year 2050 — and their great need for dedicated primary care doctors of nursing practice. In this blog we’ll highlight what exactly it […]

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A few professional development tools for DNP students

As a doctor of nursing practice student, you have embarked on a life-long journey of learning. In addition to the many resources found on campus and through your classes and professors, there are a variety of other tools for professional development that you may find helpful. Below are just a few of these resources:  Blogs […]

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New primary care-based program can help DNPs improve asthma detection

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 17.7 million adults currently have asthma, and 6.3 million children suffer from it as well. Asthma is the reason for 10.5 million visits to doctors of nursing practice and other healthcare professionals, plus 1.8 million visits to the emergency department. A recent study published in […]

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The growing demand for Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners in Pennsylvania

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

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

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

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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