Expert Interviews, Guides & Advocacy Issues in Nursing

The Nursing Colleges blog interviews experts in the nursing field about the most important topics in modern nursing, and where they think they’re headed. Through expert interviews, we explore the top advocacy issues in nursing, and spotlight the nurses who are leading the charge for change. 

Our features section also offers new and aspiring nurse practitioners (NPs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and other nurses the key resources and guides they need to help navigate the early stages of their education, training, licensure, and career. Our blog catches readers up on the most interesting conversations in nursing today, and gives them ways to join in, too.

By Kimmy Gustafson Calendar Icon June 2, 2023

Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Disparities in American Healthcare

The healthcare industry increasingly recognizes the need for diversity, inclusion, and health equity. Physicians face a unique challenge when addressing health disparities among diverse patient populations. To better understand how to create an inclusive environment in healthcare settings, examining the current state of diversity, inclusion, and health disparities is necessary.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon May 8, 2023

NP Advocates to Know: Dr. Michael Zychowicz on Veterans’ Care

There are over 19 million veterans in the United States. Their health needs are largely met by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which houses the largest integrated healthcare system in the country. Today’s nurses and nurse practitioners (NPs) are important in caring for our nation’s veterans. But more can be done to serve those who have served.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon April 19, 2023

Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) – What Nurses Should Know

More than 30 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use alternative or complementary treatments. Such treatments generally fall into three categories: nutritional, psychological, or physical interventions.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon April 11, 2023

Guide to Remote Nurse Practitioner Jobs

The maturation of telehealth services has opened up an entirely new sector of remote nurse practitioner jobs. Today, NPs can perform basic patient assessments, devise treatment strategies, and order diagnostics for patients via remote video conferencing software. But telehealth positions aren’t the only nurse practitioner jobs that offer a remote work setup.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon April 3, 2023

Job Interview Questions for Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

Nurse practitioners still participate in traditional recruitment and hiring processes despite the high demand for their services. Job interviews remain the de facto standard for health systems, hospitals, private practices, and clinics seeking to retain the services of an NP.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon March 28, 2023

Are Medication Shortages Widespread? How Nurses Handle This Issue

A medication shortage is when the projected demand for a certain drug exceeds its supply. Local shortages are common, taking place at a single pharmacy or hospital, and can be resolved relatively easily. National shortages are comparatively rarer, but they do exist, and they can take much longer to resolve.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon March 24, 2023

Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs – What to Know

Non-clinical NP jobs are non-patient facing and can be performed on either a part-time or full-time basis. Sometimes they still occur in medical settings, but without the patient-facing aspect; other times, they resemble a tech job more closely.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon March 20, 2023

What to Know About the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Collaborative Agreement

If you are a nurse practitioner (NP) in one of the 23 states that do not have full practice authority, then you will need a collaborative agreement. These agreements, which can go by several different names, detail the working relationship between an NP and a supervising physician.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon March 13, 2023

Nurse Practitioner Student Loan Forgiveness

Student loan forgiveness and repayment programs mean that many NPs won’t need to pay back their loaned amount in full. But to access them, an NP will need to be aware of their options.

By Kimmy Gustafson Calendar Icon February 16, 2023

Reproductive Rights and Women’s Health – What Nurses Should Know

In June 2022, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that shook the nation and took away women’s right to privacy in reproductive decisions. The Dobs v. Jackson verdict overturned the long-standing Roe v Wade decision that granted this autonomy to women across the country.