According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are approximately 270,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) practicing in the United States. Of those 180,630 are Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) (AANP, 2019). Family Nurse Practitioners consume the bulk of NPs required to be proficient in office-based procedures. In a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), they expect an increase in physician shortages by approximately 122,000 by the year 2032 (American Academy of Medical Colleges [AAMC], 2019). According to the AANP, over 18,000 NPs graduate each year (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners [AANP], 2019). That number would be more than enough advanced practice nurses to fill the gaps. Many NP programs do not offer skills and procedure training as part of their curriculums.
The universities rely on preceptors for these students to obtain many of those skills. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, and the students are graduating with a lack of knowledge and proficiency in those skills. This makes it very difficult to compete successfully in the job market. Clinics and employers have started offering office-based procedures in their facilities. The challenge has become obtaining these skills for NPs. An option to address this issue would be to attend a suturing workshop to add to their core education. Those skills will also improve access to health care, which was a Healthy People 2020 goal.
|Department:||Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Advanced practice providers, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Nurse Practitioners, Office-based procedures, Simulated suturing|
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