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Champion of Nursing: UnitedHealth Group

As one of the nation’s largest health insurers, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is always looking to provide accessible, high-quality, patient-centered programs at lower cost. It found a winner in HouseCalls, a nurse-led care management program that’s been a staple since 2012 of its Medicare Advantage plans, including AARP Medicare Complete.

Last year, the innovative model saw nurse practitioners make nearly 753,000 visits to UnitedHealthcare members’ homes to give patients physical exams, take medical and social histories, complete medication reviews, provide counseling and education, and coordinate with members’ primary care providers. These nurse practitioners help connect patients with other services—such as behavioral health, nutritional or social programs—to keep members healthy and independent.

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Montana’s Quest to Boost Native Americans in Nursing

Montana’s Quest to Boost Native Americans in Nursing

Montana has a serious shortage of Native American nurses.

The Campaign for Action’s state Action Coalition in Montana is taking steps to address the obstacles many Native Americans face to becoming nurses. Those barriers include family obligations, discriminatory treatment in nursing schools, and a lack of tradition of pursuing higher education, according to Casey Blumenthal, RN, Montana Action Coalition co-lead and vice president of MHA – An Association of Montana Health Care Providers.

While the Native American population in Montana is 6.5 percent, Native Americans make up only about 2.3 percent of the nurses in the state.

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Building a More Diverse Nursing Workforce

Building a More Diverse Nursing Workforce

White and female.

No two words more accurately describe the nation’s nursing profession. A full 83 percent of nurses are white, and about 90 percent are female.

In a world of fast-changing demographics, many recognize those statistics need to change and that our nation needs a nursing workforce that is more representative of the people it serves.

That’s why creating and fostering a more diverse workforce of nurses that reflects America’s demographics, provides culturally competent care, and contributes to reducing health disparities that exist between different groups is a key goal of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP. The Campaign is working to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark 2010 report on the future of nursing.

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Second-Degree Nursing Programs in Florida

Second-Degree Nursing Programs in Florida

Barry University
Miami Shores, FL
www.barry.edu/nursing/bsn/
Degree Types: Accelerated BSN (second degree)
Programs: Accelerated BSN
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master’s

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
http://nursing.fau.edu/index.php?main=2&nav=902
Degree Types: Accelerated BSN (second degree)
Programs: Accelerated BSN
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master’s, CCNE Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Amid Calls for a More Highly Educated RN Workforce, New AACN Data Confirm Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing

Amid Calls for a More Highly Educated RN Workforce, New AACN Data Confirm Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing

Amid Calls for a More Highly Educated RN Workforce,
New AACN Data Confirm Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing 

WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2015 – According to new data released today by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), enrollment in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs increased last year as more nurses answered the call to achieve higher levels of education. With the greatest gains found in baccalaureate degree-completion programs and the practice-focused doctorate, students are returning to nursing school in record numbers to develop the skills needed to meet employer demands and patient care needs.

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