Nurse Practitioner Needed In North Carolina

LRG is currently seeking 2 Nurse Practitioners with 3 or more years of experience as Hospitalist or in Family Practice with inpatient experience. These positions are in North Carolina and the client is ready to hire. Please contact Robert Litton at 704-900-6536. To view the job posting please go to North Carolina NP Jobs .

A Nurse Pracitioner Is Reminded Why She Chose Her Profession

Article by Kimberly Spering,MSN, FNP-BC

Article provided by Clinical 1    http://clinician1.com/


The past two weeks were difficult for me, physically and emotionally.  One of my favorite patients, “J,” went to hospice care in a local nursing home, as her husband could not physically care for her at their home.  I counseled a lovely older woman who is on her third bout of cancer in the past two years... colon, then breast, and now probable lymphoma—all primary cancers, mind you, not metastatic disease.  I counseled—for the umpteenth time—then sadly sent termination letters to—patients who persistently were non-compliant with their care and not showing up for office visits as scheduled.

I have counseled innumerable patients with depression and anxiety... many of them are nurses at our local “Magnet” hospital.  So much for THAT status, as they are as miserable as anyone I’ve ever seen in 20 years of nursing.  Their Employee Assistance Program has a SIX MONTH waiting list...”unless one is suicidal.” Gee... how comforting to know that those who are supposed to help support the caregivers... are also “backed up.”

On top of that, my own grandmother is facing terminal breast cancer, lung cancer (likely metastatic), and who knows where else it is.  She has severe dementia and had expressed wishes years ago to not prolong her life.  We don’t even know where all of the cancer is, because we have not done any further testing.  So... my ONE grandparent that was always there for me is battling these health issues... and my wonderful mother is coping with all of the stress... and I am utterly helpless to stop it.  My grandmother has a premonition that she will not be with us long, as stated to me and my mother... and I believe her.

I manage to hide my own grief and stress from patients... to a point.  My boss understands... I get “really quiet.” I can vent to him... to my husband, my Mom... but still, it takes a toll when it occurs day-after-day.

So it is with this mind-set that I share with you a moment I had this week... with a young lady who managed to pull me up out of the momentary abyss of despair…

I had seen this young woman a few times before... two sick visits and a routine physical exam.  Her mother is an ICU nurse at a local hospital.  To show how “small” of a world it really is, I had been a “student nurse extern” (a.k.a “nurse’s aide”) 22 years ago in the SAME ICU that her Mom works in now.  Her mother was one of the nurses I worked with... and learned from.

I count myself fortunate that I worked in that unit for two years.  I saw amazing things, assisted in procedures that would make me shudder today (for liability reasons—as a student, that is), and learned so much about ICU nursing care, that it made my senior year at college rather easy.  I distinctly remember my ICU preceptor telling me that I had to be “humble,” because the nurses were intimidated that a “mere student” seemed to know so much.  (Bah.  I faked it.)

However, as I talked with this young lady, I saw a passion in her eyes... she, too, now works in the same ICU as a nurse’s aide.  Her mother and the other nurses—many of them the same as when I worked there—have taken her under their wings and shown her “the ropes” as well.  She is thrilled to learn all of these things, and to be part of the health care team, even in her role as a nurse’s aide.  She has vision... and determination.

She has applied to the local university to the Physician Assistant program.  However, there is a back-up plan.  If she doesn’t “make it,” she intends to go into the BSN program at the local college... then work her way up in nursing for the advanced degree.

I caught my breath, while talking with this young woman.  I saw my own passion in her eyes... from so-long-ago.  Wow... what a moment.  When dealing with numerous crises, and the despondent nurses from the local hospitals... it is easy to forget that dedication, that spark.  I told her the nurses that I remembered from two decades ago... most of them STILL work in that ICU.  Her eyes grew huge as she realized that I, too, had walked in her footsteps so long ago.

I thanked her for reminding me, yet again, why I do what I do.  We need others to pass the torch... to keep that passion alive.

Deja vu... and good memories.



Tweet For PA and NP Jobs

Ok, so we have all heard about Twitter? Or maybe not? Twitter, a rapidly growing social media outlet has moved beyond following the tweets of friends or celebrities and is fast becoming a great way to stay informed about job openings in your specialty. It is now possible to receive tweets about physician assistant and nurse practitioner opening! You can even pinpoint a specific location so for example if you wanted to only hear about Nurse Practitioner openings in Internal Medicine in Charlotte, NC then you can set things up so those are the only tweets you will receive.

The company leading the way is http://tweetmyjobs.com/ It is worth the time to check this out because the type jobs your interested in will show up on your smart phone. This technology will transform the way we all look for new positions.

 

Interested n Working In New Zealand?

Many medical professionals make the move to New Zealand each year for lifestyle reasons, working holidays and / or career change. The immigration company you deal through should be able to advise you of reputable recruitment agencies in New Zealand. Alternatively you can search for recruiters online by typing your profession for example 'nurse recruitment agency in New Zealand'.

To help give you an idea of the demand for jobs in your area of expertise, take a look through the resulting company's sites and review their current vacancies section (if they have one). A good website should also offer a search function according to regional locations in NZ helping you target particular areas.

When looking for a New Zealand health care recruitment agency to carry out the job analysis, sourcing, screening and selection processes for you, it is very important to know that they can match your skills and experience to suitable job vacancies in your area of expertise.

If you know of a particular organization or company you would like to work for it can be helpful to find out if they deal through an employment agency that you could register with. Many agencies have well established relationships and contracts with medical companies in NZ.

New Zealand has a wide range of public and private health care provider services situated across both the North and South Island's which include: accident & emergency, audiology, nursing, general practitioners, midwifery and mental health services. The recruitment process can be a very time consuming and laborious experience, therefore having confidence in an agency's ability is very important. Find out what experience and knowledge an agency's consultants have in relation to your medical field. Be sure to read endorsements about their company, client reviews and testimonials.

Once you have been approved by the New Zealand Health Councils and Registration Boards a healthcare employment firm should:

- Offer you guidelines regarding each interview they have set up for you
- Provide you with a detailed copy of the job description so that you can prepare yourself for the interviewers questions
- Provide you with details of your interview panel and confirmation of the date and times for all interviews.

Our beautiful country has much to offer in terms of being a safe and friendly place to live for medical professionals.
Selecting a specialist recruitment agency is an important step to your immigration process in New Zealand.


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Salary Information For Nurse Practitioners

I got frequent calls from Nurse Practitioners asking how much they should be getting paid based on their experience and geographic location. In most cases it varies from hospital to hospital or practice to practice. In order to get a general rule of thumb to follow for salary information I did some research and found a Salary Survey that you may find helpful. I know I did. Just follow the link bellow. You will discover lots of good resources here. As always, we are here to help in anyway we can. Thanks for stopping by.....Robert


http://www.nurse.net/cgi-bin/start.cgi/salary/index.html

Working As A Nurse Practitioner

We are seeing more and more Nurse Practitioners when we visit the doctor now. You may be wondering why that is the case. To put it simply a Nurse Practitioner can do most of what the physician can do when it comes to treating colds, sore throats, flu etc and it is a lower cost provider so it saves the system money.

You may be wondering how do you become an NP and what would you do if you were an NP. Most nurse practitioners work in hospitals or medical centers, like registered nurses. There, they’ll be responsible for a number of general nursing duties, which are duties completed by nurses of all educational levels. These duties include gathering patient histories, working with doctors to order diagnostic tests, and performing routine examinations. Nurses may also be in charge of tasks such as taking blood, checking vital signs, delivering meals, and maintaining records, though many times, these duties are left to lower-level nurses, rather than to nurse practitioners.

A nurse practitioner can act as the primary caregiver when a doctor isn’t available. In some states, nurse practitioners must work in collaboration with a doctor, but in other states, this isn’t required. That means that you could even open your own practice as a nurse practitioner in some locations. With a nurse practitioner program, you’ll specialize in one area of medicine, like oncology or orthopedics, so the care you give specifically depends on your specialty.

With any medical facility, there’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed. As a nurse practitioner, you’ll be responsible for maintain patient records and writing reports, among other things. This might be one of the most boring parts of your day, but it is also one of the most important, as incorrect paperwork can lead to dangerous drug interactions, an incorrect diagnosis, and other patient mix ups.

It takes hard work and years of school to become a Nurse Practitioner but if you have what it takes it can be a very rewarding career. For more information on a career as an NP check out some the sites below:

Nurse Practitioner Jobs

ttp://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-become-a-nurse-practitioner/

Healh Care Costs Will Rise In 2011

If we want to get the rising costs of health care under control we better start expanding the roles of mid-level practitioners. The following article is very interesting. Enjoy!   Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants

 

Practice Opportunities For Nurse Practitioners

9/24/2010

Nurse Practitioner employment opportunities can be found almost anywhere. However, private practices constitute the fastest growing segment in terms of new nursing jobs. This type of position will find you working hand in hand with a local doctor, providing primary care or even specialized care. Nurse Practitioners can specialize in a number of fields and lend their expertise and assistance to doctors practicing in those areas.

Some areas in which NPs can specialize include preoperative nursing, diabetes management, dermatology, geriatric nursing and an amazing number of other specialized disciplines.

You will find that in addition to the area of private practice, you can also find jobs in a wide range of other settings. For instance, you might be employed in home healthcare, providing vital treatment and advice to homebound patients. You might find yourself working in an outpatient facility, helping to treat patients. Other venues include working within hospitals and clinics, within nursing care homes and long-term residential facilities, as well as within the education sector.

Quite a few Nurse Practitioners go on to become educators, as well as organizing and operating blood drives and other community service oriented initiatives

You'll find that the requirements for employment include several years within an accredited college or university. Nurse Practitioners must have at least a master's degree, though some do go on to attain their doctorate, as well. In addition, NPs must have a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing to enter the course of study, which requires additional study at another school.

Litton Resource Group (LRG) is committed to providing quality healthcare professionals and one-on-one customer service to both clients and candidates.

Litton Resource Group was founded by Robert Litton, a healthcare staffing professional with 20 years of experience in the industry. LRG focuses on the Nurse Practitioner marketplace.

For more information please visit http://www.littonresourcegroup.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Robert_B_Litton

National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance



Program
web site
http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/applications/rraa.asp
Sponsor Bureau of Health Professions
Deadlines Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Purpose Assistance for qualifying practice sites in recruiting and retaining community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians. If approved as an NHSC site, your open vacancies will be published on the NHSC Opportunities List and viewed by hundreds of clinicians, including NHSC Scholars and those interested in the Loan Repayment Program. If your application is submitted in order to retain a clinician already hired by your site who would like to participate in the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, your vacancy will not be posted on the Opportunities List since it is not an "open" vacancy.
Eligibility Sites must meet several criteria, including:
  • Located in a federally designated HPSA. You may check your HPSA status by searching the HPSA database, or you may read more information about the HPSA designation process.
  • Documentation of sound fiscal management
  • Use a sliding-fee schedule or other documented methods to reduce fees that ensure no financial barriers to care exist, accept assignment of Medicare, and enter into an agreement with the State agency that administers Medicaid
  • Proof of the capacity to maintain a competitive salary, benefits, and malpractice coverage package
NHSC sites must provide requested health care services regardless of the individuals ability or method of payment. NHSC sites must not discriminate in the provision of services to an individual because of (1) the individual's ability to pay for the services; or (2) because payment for the services would be made under the Medicare, Medicaid or State Children's Health Insurance Programs.
Geographic
coverage
Nationwide
Amount of
funding
Assistance in finding a clinician.
Application
process
To begin the application process for NHSC assistance, sites must complete the NHSC Recruitment and Retention Assistance Application available on the program web site.

 

For more information contact:
1-800-221-9393 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RAC for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

Physician Assistants Career Information

http://www.careertoolkits.com/rss/physicianassistant.xml        This is a great resource!

Physician Assistant Funding Via The Rural Assistance Center

http://www.raconline.org/rss/fundingtopic46.xml This is a great article and resource......

The Role of The Physician Assistant And Nurse Practitioner

 

 

The positions of nurse practitioner and physician assistant were created approximately 30 years ago. Since then, the role and responsibilities of these individuals have developed and grown and now may include involvement in the care of hospitalized patients. The intent of this statement is to suggest a manner in which nurse practitioners and physician's assistants may participate in and contribute to the care of the hospitalized child on the general inpatient unit, among other areas.

During the 1960s, nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) training programs were initiated1 in response to a perceived shortage of physicians, especially in medically underserved communities that were often also economically deprived. NPs and PAs were originally considered to be alternative health care personnel who would function under the supervision of physicians, extending the ability of the physician to provide service to a greater number of patients.

During the last 10 years, however, the scope of practice of NPs and PAs in pediatrics has been expanded to include the care of hospitalized patients.2 This expansion has been driven by continuing regional shortages of physicians, efforts to reduce the cost of health care, and decreasing funding for graduate medical education which means fewer residents (residency positions). A major concern has been that the expansion of the scope of practice of NPs and PAs may impact on the management of pediatric inpatients3 and create a two-tier system of health care. Another issue is that resident experience may be diluted when NPs and PAs assume some of the responsibilities for patient care.

As initially conceived, the roles of NPs and PAs in pediatrics were to assist the physician in the provision of primary care for well children and those with acute minor illnesses. During the past 30 years, subspecialty areas for NPs, such as the neonatal NP, have developed. PAs have been used more extensively in hospital departments of surgery, in which they may obtain initial histories and perform physical examinations and minor surgical procedures, under physician supervision.

Despite the original intent for the roles of NPs and PAs, current economic pressures have promoted their increased use and expanded scopes of practice. This is true despite data from ambulatory settings clearly demonstrating that although NPs and PAs individually earn lower incomes than physicians, their involvement in care costs the same or more per patient encounter because they tend to spend more time with each patient and usually work a 40-hour week, while physicians treat patients more expeditiously and work longer hours.5,6

However, a role may exist for NPs and PAs on the pediatric inpatient unit. The NPs and PAs who are used in such positions require additional precepted education, beyond that required for certification. The additional precepted education should be the responsibility of the pediatric unit director and should include orientation to hospital and departmental policies and protocols and direct teaching of clinical skills needed for the specific unit. The NPs and PAs should work under the close direct supervision of an attending physician, and the patient's primary physician must always remain readily available to answer questions and provide backup to the NP or PA. Decisions regarding the need for admission, management plans, and appropriateness for discharge must be made with the involvement of the attending physician.

NPs or PAs working with a physician have a meaningful role in the management of hospitalized children. Having already demonstrated their abilities to perform in supervised intensive care settings, NPs and PAs should be effective on the general pediatric inpatient unit. As the scope of ambulatory care continues to expand, the children admitted to the general inpatient unit of the hospital have increasingly more complex illnesses. The responsibility for the management of the hospitalized child should be under the supervision of a qualified physician, because the physician has the most education and training for this role. Nevertheless, the NP and PA can play a valuable role in the care of the hospitalized child by contributing specialized skills that improve the quality of patient care. The NPs and PAs who participate in the care of the hospitalized child must have the additional education and training that such involvement requires.

What Is A PA?

Physician Assistants
by Wendy J. Meyeroff
Monster Contributing Writer

Working alongside physicians, Bill Mahaffy has harvested arteries and treated patients in cardiac-care units, but he's not a physician; he's a physician assistant (PA), an occupation that is expected to be one of the fastest-growing over the coming years.

PAs, who work under the supervision of doctors, are highly trained, licensed healthcare professionals who treat and diagnose patients, perform various medical procedures and act as a liaison with nurses, lab techs and others on the healthcare team. In 48 states and the District of Columbia, PAs can even prescribe medication.

With greater demand for healthcare services, Mahaffy says PAs are “taking care of about 80 percent of what the doctors used to,” freeing doctors to focus on more complicated cases.

For those willing to undergo the rigorous required medical training, the PA profession offers excellent prospects and a variety of opportunities for specialization.

Fast-Growing Field

Mahaffy, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) at Evangelical Community Hospital in Columbia, Pennsylvania, became a PA about 10 years ago after 25 years as a paramedic. “I had colleagues who were PAs, and it seemed like a logical progression,” he explains. “It was the best career choice I ever made.”

It's a promising one as well. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation will be the third fastest-growing professional job in the nation through 2012, when the number of PAs is expected to increase to 94,000, up 49 percent from 2002. The median annual salary is about $65,000, with the top 10 percent earning more than $90,000.

While salaries are high, aspiring PAs must be willing to tackle one of the more extensive health education programs outside of traditional medical school. Most physician assistant programs [http://www.aapa.org/pgmlist.php3] require applicants to have previous healthcare experience and some college education. The typical applicant holds a bachelor's degree and has worked in healthcare for four years, according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants [http://www.aapa.org/]. PA training usually takes about two years full-time. In addition, graduates must pass a national certifying exam to obtain their state licenses. Continuing education is also required.

Like Mahaffy, many PAs segue naturally into the occupation from other healthcare fields. Mahaffy has seen former nurses, exercise physiologists, fitness trainers and even two mortuary technicians become PAs.

The Adrenaline Rush

PAs can be generalists or specialize in areas such as cardiology, pediatrics, psychiatry or trauma. [https://members.aapa.org/extra/constituents/special-menu.cfm]

Mahaffy, who is president of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants, [http://www.aaspa.com/] is a surgical PA specializing in cardiothoracic procedures. He's harvested arteries for cardiac surgeons, put in dialysis catheters and inserted feeding tubes. Today, as a hospitalist (another specialty), he works anywhere outside the OR where surgical expertise is needed. For example, one of his duties in the cardiac-care unit is providing chest drainage to patients with congestive heart failure.

Mahaffy works five days on, five days off, starting at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. for what are supposed to be 10 or 12-hour shifts, but he stays as long as he's needed. His specialty can be “a young man's game,” he admits. “You can live on adrenaline and caffeine.”

In a Family Way

Charlene Morris, MPAS, PA-C, offers another look at a PA's life. A former lab tech, Morris has been a family-practice PA for 24 years. While she has been employed at major medical centers, she now works alongside a family-practice physician at the B.F. Taylor Medical Arts Family Medicine Clinic in the small town of Burkesville, Kentucky.

She describes the relationship with the doctor she supports as “very complementary” and says she loves the versatility of family medicine. “I'll handle everything from colds and rashes, to sports injuries, to people with diabetes,” says Morris, who is president of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. [http://www.afppa.org/]

Earlier this year, she widened her work's scope by dividing her time between the clinic and the Cumberland County (Kentucky) ER. “I've had to go back and expand my suturing skills, and we have to be up on advanced cardiac life support,” she says.

Morris and Mahaffy emphasize the flexibility in their careers and agree that they could move into other areas, from neonatal to aerospace medicine. “PAs can work in any and all settings with their physician colleagues,” Mahaffy says.

source: http://healthcare.monster.com/articles/physicianassistant/

Why Physician Assistant School May be Right for You

It's one of the fastest growing careers in the country. Learn about how to get into a top program.
By Brian Burnsed
Posted August 6, 2010

After graduating from Manhattan College in 2004, Jason Lightbody had aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field, but didn't want to sacrifice his personal life to the rigors of medical school, a residency, and life as a physician. He remembered being treated by a physician assistant for injuries he sustained as a soccer player at Methodist University during his first two years of school, and soon realized that pursuing a career as a PA would be rewarding while allowing him a full life outside of the one he lived in his scrubs. Lightbody graduated from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 2007. "I never want to regret not living life to the fullest and I thought that if I were to go to med school then I wouldn't be able to do a lot of things in my life that I wanted to do," he says. "I'm still certain I made the right decision."

The decision between PA school and medical school is one that an increasing number of college graduates and young medical professionals are facing. With the economy tight in recent years, demand for physician assistants has increased, as they are capable of practicing medicine at roughly the same level as a full-fledged physician, but at a much lower cost, which makes them an appealing asset to medical providers looking to trim budgets. And, given that most programs are only two years, PA students amass far less debt than their counterparts in medical school. The American Academy of PAs estimates that there will be 150,000 practicing PAs in the U.S. in 2020, up from 70,000 last year. Like Lightbody, more people are taking note of the profession. "Ten years ago when I introduced myself patients would ask, 'What's a PA?'" says Mary Jo Wiemiller, chair of physician assistant studies at Marquette University College of Health Sciences. "Now, when treating patients, they respond with something like, 'Oh, my niece or nephew is in PA school.'"

But the appeal that is spurring job growth may make it tougher for aspiring PAs to get into school. According to Wiemiller, the number of applications to Marquette's PA program has quadrupled over the past year. Due to the increased interest, the school can only accept 10 percent of applicants. "With heightened awareness of the PA profession in the last decade, it has become increasingly more competitive to gain acceptance to a PA training program," says Wiemiller.

Given the heightened competition, it's important for applicants to understand what matters most to PA admissions committees. These three top the list, according to officials at PA schools:

1. Medical experience: Your life working in the medical field will not begin once you've graduated from a PA program; it should start well before that. For students hoping to jump directly from their undergraduate studies to a physician assistant program, it is imperative that they spend as many college summers as possible, or use their free time during school, working or volunteering at a hospital or doctor's office. For those students who wish to wait to attend PA school—the average age of people entering PA programs nationwide is 27—find a full-time job working in the medical field after earning your undergraduate degree. "We really are looking for—and I think a lot of other programs are, too—students who've had some previous healthcare experience where they've had some direct interactions with patients," says David P. Asprey, director of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Iowa Caver College of Medicine, which is U.S. News's top-ranked PA program. "[It] adds a level of maturity."


2. Science classes count most: Take as many core science classes—anatomy, biological sciences, and organic chemistry, to name a few—as you can and focus intensely on this coursework. PA programs not only look at your overall GPA—many schools require at least a 3.0 for admission—but give extra weight to your performance in science courses. "Obviously it would be a tragedy if we invited a student to join our program and we could anticipate that they would have difficulty with the academic rigors that are associated with it," says Asprey. "It's not for the faint of heart."

3. Show compassion: Your GPA is stellar and you've amassed an impressive amount of medical work experience in the little spare time you have while keeping your grades pristine, but you still get that dreaded rejection letter. Why? You didn't do enough volunteer work. Volunteering exemplifies your desire to help your fellow man—the attribute identified by schools as one of the most integral to becoming a successful PA. "Students who have had experience in working with underserved populations, rural or diverse populations, performing volunteer service or disaster relief, or other experiences that illustrate a drive and compassion for others often stand out to the admissions committee," says Wiemiller.

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-graduate-schools/2010/08/06/why-physician-assistant-school-may-be-right-for-you.html?PageNr=2

Medicare 2010 Fee Update

by Barbara C. Phillips, NP on June 15, 2010

 

Nurse Practitioners that accept Medicare in their practices need to be aware of how this will impact their practices. With the exception of Midwives, NPs are allowed only 85% of the physician allowable. Here is the update:

The Continuing Extension Act of 2010, enacted on April 15, 2010, extended the zero percent (0%) update to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through May 31, 2010. At this time, Congress is debating the elimination of the negative update that took effect June 1, 2010. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hopeful that Congressional action will be taken within the next several days to avert the negative update.

To avoid disruption in the delivery of health care services to beneficiaries and payment of claims for physicians, non-physician practitioners, and other providers paid under the MPFS, CMS had instructed its contractors on May 27th to hold claims for services paid under the MPFS for the first 10 business days of June (i.e., through June 14, 2010). This hold only affects MPFS claims with dates of service of June 1, 2010, and later.

Given the possibility of Congressional action in the very near future, CMS is now directing its contractors to continue holding June 1 and later claims through Thursday, June 17, lifting the hold on Friday, June 18.

This action will facilitate accurate claims processing at the outset and minimize the need for claims reprocessing if Congressional action changes the negative update. It also should minimize the provider and beneficiary burdens and costs associated with reprocessing claims.

We understand that the delayed processing of Medicare claims may present cash flow problems for some Medicare providers. However, we expect that the delay, if any, beyond the normal processing period will be only a few days. Be on the alert for more information regarding the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update.

Source: LEARNRESOURCE-L Email Update, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dated June 14,

Physician assistants and health care reform

Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioners and Health Care reform

This post focuses on a key question in health care reform -- will there be enough doctors to go around? With plans to extend insurance to some 47 million people, the current primary care doctor shortage will only get worse, many say. One solution could be to increase the role of nurse practitioners.

 

Litton Resource Blog

Litton Resource Blog

Welcome to the Litton Resource Blog. We are glad you stopped by to see what we are all about. The purpose of this blog is to share information, articles and hot job postings of Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists that we hope users will find interesting and informative. We will share opinions and advice on career related matters that we hope will help you in your job search. We will also share articles that we find on the net that pertain to healthcare and specifically advanced practice professionals. We hope you enjoy the blog information about nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists career as much as we enjoy providing it.

 

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