Nursing Groups Seek More Training Funds
Nursing educators ask Congress for more money to train nurses, while the number of nurse practitioners nearly doubled in the last decade. Meanwhile, a coalition of 35 medical societies ask federal regulators to make big changes to the government's electronic health records program.
Nursing Groups Appeal For More Training Funds
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is pushing Congress to increase funding for the training of nurses as the health care workforce evolves into a more team-based approach that will allow some nurses to perform tasks that have been done by physicians. (Adams, 1/21)
Analysis: Nurse Practitioners Doubled In Ten Years
The number of U.S. nurse practitioners nearly doubled over the last 10 years, rising from roughly 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 as of Dec. 31, the profession's trade group said Wednesday. More than 15,000 people graduated from nurse practitioner programs between 2012 and 2013, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) also reported. (Viebeck, 1/21)
Docs Urge Big Changes To Health Records Program
A coalition of 35 medical societies is urging federal regulators to make major changes to the Meaningful Use electronic health records (EHR) program. Led by the American Medical Association, the coalition wrote Wednesday to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology arguing that Meaningful Use could harm patients if allowed to continue in its current state. (Viebeck, 1/21)