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…