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

Briefing - Expanding the Role of Nurse Practitioners
Provides a webinar recording and slides on expanding the role of nurse practitioners, focusing on models from Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico, and what California can learn from them. Includes some information on nurse practitioners providing care in rural and frontier areas, as well as what they are doing to help combat the opioid epidemic.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Access to Rural Maternity Care
Policy paper describing obstetric care for rural women in the U.S. Covers challenges to providing access to rural maternity care, such as healthcare quality, birth outcomes, workforce shortages, access, and financial challenges. Includes discussion on policy alternatives and considerations to address workforce issues, barriers to practicing obstetrics in rural areas, and increasing access to maternity care services.
Author(s): Britta Anderson, Adam Gingery, Maeve McClellan, et al.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Virginia's Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce: Comparison by Specialty
Results of the 2017 and 2018 surveys of 6,234 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: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce: 2018
Features a breakdown of Virginia's Nurse Practitioner workforce. Details rates of nurse practitioners from rural, urban, and suburban areas that are now serving in metro and nonmetro locations.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Study: Avera Health
Highlights a healthcare system based in South Dakota that serves a primarily rural population. Focuses on their program LIGHT: Live, Improve, Grow, Heal and Treat, which seeks to prevent and address burnout for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America's Primary Care Crisis
Examines trends in supply and demand of nurse practitioners (NPs), including projected supply of physicians and NPs in rural areas. Includes a table listing state-level scope-of-practice regulatory restrictions on NPs as of 2018.
Author(s): Peter Buerhaus
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Enterprise Institute
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Addressing the Nation’s Primary Care Shortage: Advanced Practice Clinicians and Innovative Care Delivery Models
Highlights gaps in primary care access and ways to address primary care shortages through advanced practice clinicians and care delivery models. Provides some data on nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioner scope of practice laws.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UnitedHealth Group
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California's Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care
Provides an overview of nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice regulations in California and other states. Discusses how NPs increase access to care, particularly in rural areas, and reviews studies on the quality and cost-effectiveness of the care they provide. Appendix A includes data on California's NPs, such as their distribution, demographics, practice setting, and specialty.
Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Nursing Professions in Oklahoma: Issue Compilation Brief
Provides an overview of Oklahoma's nursing workforce and offers recommendations to help increase the supply of nurses in the state, particularly in rural areas. Addresses their supply and demand, education capacity and continuing education, and recruitment and retention strategies.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development, Health Workforce Subcommittee
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Data Report: 2017 Indiana Nursing Licensure Survey
Presents a snapshot of demographic and practice characteristics of the Indiana nursing workforce that can be used to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare through policymaking, workforce development, and resource allocation. Features county-level statistics including distribution of registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses (APRNs), with breakdowns by rural and urban locations.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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