CCNE Seeks Input on Education Standards

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has issued the Call for Comments: Proposed Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs http://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/CCNE/PDF/Call-for-Comments-April-2018.pdf?ver=2018-04-12-162148-320  This link provides you with an overview of the changes and additional links for an online survey or email address. They are accepting comments through May 8, 2018. This is your chance…

Initiative for APRN Schools to Provide NP Preceptor

FOR A BETTER NURSING EDUCATION SAWYERINITIATIVE.COM NP students who are having problems securing a preceptor, and who are receiving no help from their schools should look at this initiative. Please share on your social media. Things must change! We deserve better and the public deserves to have these valuable health care providers trained and ready…

Strategies for Funding and Sustaining NP Preceptorships (Week #13)

Where we are now As we have been discussing in this blog, the current push for improved healthcare outcomes, cost efficiency, and evidence-based decisions has many private and public sectors examining how we provide healthcare, who provides healthcare, and how we educate those providers. It is crucial that solutions proposed are equitable among providers as…

Technology Innovations, Data, & Privacy for NP Preceptorships (Week #11)

Data or Garbage One great benefit touted with computerization of records, be they patient records, licensing forms, or college admission databases, is the ability to “data mine” or gather large amounts of complex data while maintaining anonymity of that data. This data can be used in a myriad of ways, with some examples being: 1)…

Private Sector Innovations to Fund NP Clinical Education (Week #9)

Private Innovation with Public Funds The public sector (i.e. government) discussed in the last post may be big and powerful in its control of funding and regulations of healthcare, the private sector is afforded flexibility and sometimes financial resources to create solutions to meet the needs of patients and providers alike. The Graduate Nurse Education…

Public Sector Influence on NP Preceptorship (Week #7)

Value of Funding Besides making rules and regulations, our government is an economic force in the business of healthcare, often referred to as the public sector. The laws our government enacts shape how our healthcare system functions or fails to function. How the government chooses to allocate it’s vast, though not unlimited, funds may shape…

NP Clinical Preceptorship is Undervalued and Unfunded (Week #1)

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are licensed professional registered nurses (RNs) who have advanced training and in many states practice independently. NPs are one means of increasing the availability of cost-effective healthcare professionals to meet the impending shortage of primary care providers (Forsberg, Swartwout, Murphy, Danko, & Delaney, 2015).Enrollment in both Masters and Doctorate programs has increased…

Ethics in Funding NP Clinical Education (Week #3)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; our healthcare system is showing a shift that recognizes the wisdom of this old adage as we move from an acute care or cure focus to a focus on health prevention. Prevention is being proactive; avoiding or limiting negative effects of disease on a population…

Institutions, People, & Regulations Roles in NP Preceptorship (Week #5)

Does NP Education Matter? NPs are widely acknowledged as a viable solution to the physician shortage, which is predicted to worsen in the coming years (Forsberg, Swartwout, Murphy, Danko, & Delaney, 2015). Despite accomplishments, in the 52 years since Loretta Ford and Dr. Henry Silver started the first nurse practitioner (NP) program, NPs are still…