Certified Nurses Day, New Opportunities for Advanced Practice Providers, and Other Nursing News

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Certified Nurses Day is coming up later this week on Friday, March 19, 2021. New survey data suggests that the healthcare industry will see more primary care advanced practice providers (APPs) and fewer medical and surgical specialists over the next two years. A nursing podcast features raw, real, and relevant content—combining the seriousness and the humorousness of the nursing profession into one discussion. Read on for this week’s nursing news and insights.

Certified Nurses Day coming up March 19th

Hospitals and healthcare organizations will collaborate to recognize certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in the care of patients and families as part of Certified Nurses DayTM on March 19, 2021.

The annual day of recognition invites employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers to celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty, according to the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

A 2020 national survey by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) reportedly found that 75% of adults believe it is important for all nurses to have a specialty board certification in a relevant field. The ABNS also reports that more than 750,000 nurses in the United States and Canada hold nursing certifications granted by 28 certifying organizations representing 144 different credentials.

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New opportunities expanding for advanced practice providers

Recent research by Health eCareers, a website that seeks to connect advanced practice providers with employers, has found that 46% of survey respondents expect the coronavirus to change recruitment and hiring over the next two years.

Specifically, the industry will see more primary care advanced practice providers, including nurse practitioners, and fewer medical and surgical specialists, according to 89% of respondents. Forty percent of respondents also reported they will hire more specialty advanced practice providers than they’d counted on before the pandemic.

Other statistics include:

  • 54% haven’t made any temporary or short-term changes to provider compensation due to the pandemic.
  • 38% don’t anticipate making permanent changes.
  • 64% of healthcare executives think they might need to re-evaluate or redesign provider compensation.
  • 94% strongly agree or agree that virtual visits will be a key part of their strategy after COVID-19.

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Podcast spotlight: Nursing Uncensored

Hosted by Adrianne M. Behning, BSN, RN, a night-shift pulmonary step-down and palliative care nurse since 2016, the Nursing Uncensored podcast features interviews with other nurses and combines the seriousness and the humorousness of the profession into one discussion. Interviewees share stories and opinions about their jobs, and topics range from the best nursing apps to end-of-life care.

According to Behning, the content is raw, real, and relevant to life on and off the clock. Behning uses her platform to educate in an informal setting, using humor and storytelling as meaningful teaching tools. Interviewees come from all nursing disciplines. Listener discretion is advised. Recent episodes include an interview with nurse David Metzger and Behning’s experience of receiving a coronavirus vaccine.

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