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New report shows obesity at an all time high: What can DNP students do to help?

Last month, The Lancet released the most comprehensive analysis of body mass index (BMI) yet, indicating that the number of obese people, worldwide, has surpassed the number of those underweight, and has risen over the past 40 years from 105 million people to 641 million. The report also predicts that, at the current rate, by […]

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New research shows the dangers of some prescription drug interactions

As an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) working in a primary care clinical practice setting, part of your daily routine might include prescribing medication to treat patients with both common and chronic illnesses. To prepare for this, Doctor of Nursing Practice students learn the essential pharmacology knowledge needed to determine appropriate […]

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Three Networking Tips for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students

Although knowledge, skill and experience are most important in obtaining a job in the healthcare field, there are some extra steps Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students can take in making professional connections. These connections open the door to continued learning through shared research and articles, mentorship opportunities, job openings and so much more. Here […]

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Considering becoming a nurse practitioner? Here’s what you should know about the future of nursing

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. One of the key findings in this report is that there should be a seamless transition to higher education degree programs. This is exactly what the post-baccalaureate track of Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers nurses. […]

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How the Affordable Care Act has impacted demand and opportunity for Doctors of Nursing Practice

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, created a major transformation in the health care system, especially for current DNPs and those preparing to enter the profession, such as current students within Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Reaching its five-year anniversary this year we can see some tangibles. The percentage […]

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DNP vs PhD in Nursing

In 2004, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the position that suggested the DNP be the terminal degree for all nurse practitioners by the year 2015. Since the emphasis for this need of highly-educated nurses from AACN and other organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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Fura: Calls nursing a very rewarding career

One glance at Alvernia’s Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Louise Fura’s past, and it’s obvious she was destined to advance in the nursing profession. “My mother was a nurse and as a young child I enjoyed listening to her stories and experiences about her nursing career,” she explained. Dr. Fura didn’t wait until she earned […]

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13th Annual PCNP Conference held in Lancaster, PA this November

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) 13th Annual Conference will take place next month in Lancaster PA. This is a great opportunity for those pursuing a Doctorate of Nurse Practice degree all across the state of Pennsylvania to network, further their knowledge of the field and hold open discussions about the most recent advances […]

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Total annual income for nurse practitioners is on the rise, breaking $100K this year

According to an American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) report conducted earlier this year, the total annual income of nurse practitioners has increased 10% from 2011, reaching a total of $108,643 this year. “The rising salaries documented by AANP reflect growing understanding that nurse practitioners are vital to today’s health care system,” said AANP’s president […]

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The use of medical drones and what it means for Doctors of Nursing Practice

Over 58 million Americans live in primary care shortage areas – regions with little or no access to medical centers or primary care providers such as dentists, medical doctors or doctors of nursing practice– a number that is projected to increase over the next several years due to population growth and expanded health insurance. In […]

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