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Nurse Practitioners Fill the Gap

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThis month,  AARP The Magazine features Danielle Pendergrass, a nurse practitioner living in rural Price, Utah. Before Pendergrass opened her women’s health clinic in Price, many women in the area went years without seeing a doctor. The 60-mile trip to the nearest obstetrician-gynecologist was simply too far for many. Since her clinic opened, Pendergrass’ patient load has surged to 3,300 people. Lack of access to health care is not unique to rural Utah. Some 60 million Americans live in places …

From Firefighter to Nurse: AARP Champions Lives Reimagined

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe June AARP Bulletin features four older adults who re-careered to nursing from vastly different professions—firefighter, monk, newspaper reporter and judge. All over the age of 50, each had successful careers and had found their niche. Yet each craved change. Taking a page from AARP’s “Life Reimagined” initiative, Edward Moriarty, 61, of the New York Fire Department became a visiting nurse; Chris Tower, 62, left a monastery to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner; Tracy Gordon Fox, 50, left a daily …

Transforming Nursing Will Improve Health Care

Posted on 10/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteCreating a larger, more highly skilled nursing workforce will improve access to higher-quality, more patient-centered, and more affordable care. That is especially important now: Demand for nursing care is growing as the population ages and millions more people are entering the health care system under the Affordable Care Act. At AARP, we have made it our mission to ensure that all people have access to a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one. Nurses, the largest segment of …

We Need More Nurses to Provide Primary Care

Posted on 05/23/2013 by |Public Policy | Comments

Public Policy InstituteA recent survey of doctors and nurses has put the spotlight on a topic that is becoming more important every day — the shortage of primary care providers and the role for nurses in fixing it. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the doctors and nurses broadly agreed that, “Nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” Unfortunately, they held very different views on just what that …

Medicare Settlement Means No More ‘Improve or You’re Out’

Posted on 02/6/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA federal judge has approved the proposed Settlement Agreement in the Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo vs. Sebelius, clearing the way for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries to receive needed health services to maintain their current level of functioning. The settlement, which represents a significant change in Medicare coverage rules, ends Medicare’s longstanding practice of requiring people to show a likelihood of improvement in order to receive coverage of skilled care and therapy services. The Agreement, which is retroactive to the …

Vernice Ferguson: She Elevated the Nursing Profession

Posted on 12/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack in 1980, an op-ed article in the New York Times laid out what the author saw as an escalating crisis that threatened the nation’s health care system: a nursing shortage. “Hospital beds are being cut back, operating rooms are being closed, and critical-care services reduced because there are not enough nurses,”  William A. Knaus,  co-director of the intensive care unit at George Washington University medical center, wrote. The problem, he explained, was that higher-paying, more-prestigious professions had opened to …