Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week

Young nurses are badly needed in academia, nursing workforce experts say. The nurse faculty workforce is aging and on the brink of a mass retirement, and only 14 percent of nurses who hold full-time faculty positions are younger than 40.

Continue reading about the need for young nurse faculty and more in the top nursing news stories you missed this week:

Wanted: Young Nurse Faculty Nursing schools are in desperate need of faculty and not enough young nurses are answering the call. Many nurse professionals have chosen to work in other settings, like hospitals and long-term care facilities, but not colleges and universities. Fewer than 4 percent of nurses younger than 40 work in academic settings, according to a recent survey by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers (NFSNWC). Learn more about this growing shift from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Nurse Practitioners Try New Tack To Expand Foothold In Primary Care Nurse practitioners say efforts to expand primary care to millions of Americans under the health law are hampered by insurance industry practices that limit or exclude their participation. Now to expand their authority, nurse practitioners are taking a new tack: asking the Obama administration to require insurers to include them in the plans offered to consumers in new online marketplaces, which open for enrollment Oct. 1. Read more from Kaiser Health News.

2013 'Amazing Nurse' Shines In Home Care Role Gloria Kindzeka, RN, of Hiawatha Home Care in Minnesota, has been named the 2013 Amazing Nurse by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Kindzeka’s nomination was submitted by the mother of a young girl named Kate, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by craniosynostosis. Gloria has cared for Kate through the almost 50 medical procedures she has undergone to protect her brain and development. Read more about Gloria's story on

New Study Examines Physicians' Diagnostic Accuracy A new study from JAMA Internal Medicine explores the relationship between a physician’s confidence in his or her diagnosis and whether or not it is correct. The study, led by five researchers in the field, is important because of how little is known about the relationship between physicians’ diagnostic accuracy and their confidence in that accuracy. Check out the results at

Salary Booster: Is Family Nurse Practitioner The Right Career Path For You? As more Americans gain access to healthcare, there is a growing shortage of physicians. For nurses, this means the possibility of increased responsibility (and increased salaries and opportunities). In particular, family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are playing a larger role in providing families with access to primary care. Read about the FNP career path and see highlights of profession in Chamberlain College of Nursing's FNP infographic at

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