Nursed Managed Clinic

As we had reported here some time ago, the new trend now is nurse-managed clinics. As more people are entitled to insured health care, the shortage of primary care physicians in becoming evident. The population is aging, and these people have no doctors to turn to, especially in rural areas. The solution to this problem is emerging as nurse-managed clinics are being opened by nurse practitioners – mainly np’s who have specialized as family nurse practitioners, or geriatric nurses, or pediatric nurses.

The cost of being treated by these clinics will be much less than the cost of going to see a physician, or going to an emergency room. This doesn’t mean that the treatment one receives there is worse. In many cases, what patients need is somebody who will sit with them, listen to them patiently and help them while attending to their specific needs. Nurses, apparently, will often do this job better. They will focus on the patient and not on the disease, making the medical care more humane.

Donna Torrisi, the executive director of the Family Practice and Counseling Network, says to the NY times: “In the hospital you’ll often hear doctors refer to a patient as ‘the cardiac down the hall”. This doesn’t happen when treated by nurses, as they are educated to see the patient. They will spend the time to talk to their patients, educate them about their disease and teach them how to manage it if it is chronic disease. As Jennifer Coddington, a pediatric nurse practitioner who is a co-clinical director of Family Health Clinics, says (in the above mentioned NY Times article):

A physician might suggest that a patient lose weight and hand him a diet plan — or refer him to a nutritionist. At the Family Health clinics, nutrition counselors — graduate students at Purdue — will sit down with patients to talk about the specific consequence of their diet, and suggest good foods and how to cook them, Coddington said. “When you don’t have enough money to buy fruits and vegetables, so you go to the dollar menu at McDonald’s — we help those people put planners together for the week.”


Although the education given by nurse practitioners programs is very extensive, and some of these nurses are very highly qualified, only 16 states (and Washington D.C.) give nurse practitioners complete independence. In most countries they have to overcome many legal obstacles, which is a shame considering the evidence being gathered of the professional treatment given by these clinics.

New Accelerated Nursing Programs to be Opened in Utica

Over 1600 people were interested in enrolling to the new Accelerated Nursing Program to be opened in Utica College in Januray during the program’s planning stages. This just goes to show how hot is the nursing profession these days, when the grim economic situation has been hitting one industry after the other. The need for nurses is always in the grow. With the longer life expectation, the growing number of previously known as fatal diseases which are now curable, and with the bigger percentage of infant survival, the demand for nurses is rocketing.

The new program will have 24 slots for people who already have a bachelor degree in a field other than nursing, and are looking to change careers. The program is built to fit people who are already older and do not have the time or patience for another 3-4 years of studies. It will run for 4 semsters (16 months), with no summer or winter breaks, and will be partially online.

The prerequisites for the program will be given on individual basis, examining the previous study curriculum of each candidate and determining what pre-nursing programs should be done.

The Rush to Fulfill Nursing Prerequisites

How can future nursing students fulfill all their pre-nursing requirements, when part of the courses are given only in the spring or summer semester, and the nursing course will be starting already in the spring?

Some pre-nursing students found an innovative though demanding way to overcome this obstacle: In order not to miss a semester (or in some cases a full year) while waiting for the nursing prerequisite courses to open, they cross-enroll in more than one university or college, picking in each institute the courses that will give them the right credits towards nursing studies.

The Spartan Daily reports from San Jose:

“People want to graduate as soon as possible,” said Ngo, a junior pre-nursing major. “They don’t want to be stuck here just because they couldn’t get their classes. They don’t want to want to throw away $3000 because they couldn’t get their classes, which is the unfortunate part.”

So Kenny Ngo, a future nursing student in the San Jose State University (SJSU), had enrolled for some classes in the Evergreen Valley College.

Sometimes cross-enrollment is the solution even if the required class is given during the “right” semester: The demand for nursing classes is high, and the prerequisite class may be already full.

Not everyone finds this solution satisfactory. Studying in two different campuses may come out more expensive, and takes much more of your time as you are required to travel between the two different campuses. some find it is just not worth it, as says Esther Kiang, in the same article:

The time I needed to spend commuting to different schools meant that I didn’t have time to work if I wanted to maintain the minimum GPA required to apply for the nursing program,” Kiang said.



New RN to BSN Bridge Program to be Opened in Minnesota

The South Minnesota State University announced a new RN to BSN bridge program to be opened in fall 2013.

A task force had been assessing the need for nurses in the area, and has come to the conclusion that a bridge program is indeed needed in the region. The 19-county region has several 2-years RN programs which give an associate degree, but nurses who wish to advance their career have to go elsewhere in order to complete their bachelor studies.

A registered nurse who has not completed a BSN can only work in the more basic roles – typically as a floor nurse or in a clinic. When a nurse wants to go into any nursing specialties or administrative work, a bachelor degree is needed.

The studies in the bridge program at SMSU will be open to both part-time and full-time students, and part of the program will be done online, thus making it easier for working nurses to complete their studies while working.

The new program has not yet received its accreditation. SMSU will apply for accreditation to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This process should be straightforward, so that interested students should not be worried about this.


New LPN Programs to be Opened in Virginia

Although, as reported here before,  the official goal of the Institute for Medical Report is that by 2020 80% of Registered Nursing force will have a BSN degree,  LPN programs continue to grow and new ones are opening.

The Paul D. Camp college in Virginia hopes to open a school of practical nursing at its Suffolk and Franklin campuses by fall of 2013, the head of the college’s allied health program says.

The Paul D. Camp Community College is one of 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System, and has 2 campuses, in Franklin and Suffolk, and also a center in Smithfield. LPN Programs are planned to open by fall of 2013.

These new programs will be an alternative to the soon to be closed school of the Sentara Obici Hospital School of Practical Nursing. This school, founded on 1959, will graduate its final class in February 2013, after funding was cut from the school district’s budget.