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 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.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon February 13, 2023

Patient Abuse of Nurses & APRNs

Abuse of nurses and ARPNs is a real, relevant, and widespread problem. The abuse can range from acts of minor bullying and incivility all the way to assault and physical violence.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon February 6, 2023

Wage Discrepancies Between Staff Nurses & Travel Nurses

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted several problems in how health systems staff their facilities, with one of the starkest consequences being the wage discrepancy between core nursing staff and travel nurses.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon January 31, 2023

Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs (2023-2024)

Nurse practitioner residency programs, sometimes referred to as fellowship programs, are postgraduate programs designed to help NPs transition to practice, particularly in specialty areas.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon January 19, 2023

NP Liability & Malpractice Insurance: What to Know

Malpractice insurance, also known as professional liability insurance, protects nurse practitioners (NPs) from claims of negligence or incompetence, covering some or all of the costs of defending against such claims—and it’s more important than ever.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon December 30, 2022

Nurse Practitioner Conferences 2023

The importance and power of nurse practitioners coming together under a common goal is hard to overstate. Whether you’re a student, novice, expert, or veteran nurse practitioner, conferences can be an invaluable resource to your career.