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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses

2019 Indiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Brief
Information on demographics, education and practice characteristics, and distribution of Indiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Includes county-level maps showing geographic distribution of primary care and psychiatric APRN capacity, with shadings indicating counties that are Mental Health or Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Author(s): Hannah Maxey, Courtney Randolph, Sierra Vaughn
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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Sixth Biennial Report 2021: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota
Updates the previous five editions of this report with a comprehensive examination of healthcare workforce licensure data related to number of licensed professionals, locations, specialties, and demographics in rural and urban North Dakota. Includes a new chapter on social determinants of health and features recommendations for healthcare planning.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Slide Deck
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
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COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements
Provides information about temporary changes to regulations related to nurse practitioners' scope of practice, supervision, and protocol requirements in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the Atlantic Territories. Features an interactive map showing full practice states, those that have waived or suspended some or all practice agreement requirements, and those that have taken no action.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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Virginia's Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce: Comparison by Specialty
Results of the 2019 and 2020 surveys of 7,500 Virginia Licensed Nurse Practitioners (NPs). Features statistics including percentages of Virginia NPs who grew up in rural areas and who are currently practicing in a nonmetro location.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce: 2020
An overview of the licensed nurse practitioner (NP) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of NPs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Assessment of Changes in Rural and Urban Primary Care Workforce in the United States From 2009 to 2017
Results of a study comparing the primary care workforce and its growth between urban and rural counties or county-equivalents from 2009-2017. Features county-level maps showing the distribution of primary care physicians and non-physician clinicians, and statistics with breakdowns by provider type and rural or urban location.
Author(s): Donglan Zhang, Heejung Son, Ye Shen
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(10)
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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Supply and Distribution of the Primary Care Workforce in Rural America: 2019
Details the supply of primary care providers in rural and urban areas in the U.S. Compares rates of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants per 100,000 people by county across the country. Features a state-level analysis.
Additional links: State-level Analysis
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Lisa A. Garberson, et al.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Promising Practice: Getting More Nurses Working in Rural Montana
Highlights a collaboration between the Montana Office of Rural Health and Montana State University College of Nursing to train nurses to work in rural areas. Details the programs funded through two Health Resources and Services Administration grants: one offered online to train nurse practitioners from all over the state, and the other prepares BSN-level nurses to work in rural primary care.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Factors Associated With Perceived Job Preparedness Among RNs: Results From a National Survey
Examines perceived job preparedness by practice location, gender, and professional characteristics among practicing registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses who completed a web-based national survey. Particular focus was on the probability their nursing education adequately prepared them for job.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Elizabeth L. Crouch, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Citation: Journal of Nursing Administration, 50(5), 251-253
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Health Care Professional Workforce Composition Before and After Rural Hospital Closure
Policy brief examining the change in numbers of local healthcare providers before and after rural hospital closures from 2010-2018, to examine associations with eliminating inpatient services in rural areas. Features statistics with breakdowns by advanced practice providers, primary care providers, and specialists.
Author(s): Erin Mobley, Fred Ullrich, Redwan Bin Abdul Baten, Mina Shrestha, Keith Mueller
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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