The supply, distribution, certifications, and scope of practice of the 2.8 million RNs (including advanced practice RNs) and 690,000 licensed practical nurses currently in practice.

PA House on Verge of Historic Vote for Nurse Practitioners

Sep. 8, 2016

Sometimes you have to look back to see the path forward. As the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considers legislation to modernize Pennsylvania’s antiquated regulations for nurse practitioners, we might learn something by reviewing the history of the Rendell Administration’s similar battle to expand scope of practice nearly 10 years ago. And if history is a predictor, there is reason to be optimistic.

Improving the Lives of Fragile Newborns: What Does Nursing Have to Offer?

Issue Brief
Eileen Lake, PhD, RN
Apr. 25, 2016

This Issue Brief summarizes evidence of nursing’s effects on NICU outcomes and recommends policies to bolster and support nursing practice in NICUs. Adequate staffing and a supportive work environment are associated with better outcomes for very low birth weight infants.

Unmet Nursing Care Linked to Rehospitalizations Among Older Black AMI Patients: A Cross-Sectional Study of US Hospitals

Apr. 22, 2016

Margo Brooks-Carthon, Karen Lasater, Jessica Rearden, Sara Holland, Douglas Sloane 

In Medical Care, Margo Brooks-Carthon and colleagues, including Karen Lasater, investigate the differences in the relationship between nursing care left undone and acute myocardial infarction readmissions among older black patients compared with older white patients. Brooks-Carthon and colleagues used multiple datasets, including 2006 to 2007 administrative discharge data, a survey of registered nurses, and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey to estimate the association between care left undone, 30-day readmission, and the impact of race on this interaction. The sample...