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Though hospitals are increasingly hiring nurse practitioners to work in acute care specialty areas, more post-graduate residency programs are needed to provide the training to better prepare new acute care NPs and keep them competitive with physicians assistants, argues a recent article in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners titled, “Bridging the Gap Between Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Education and Practice.” The article is by Catherine Harris, CRNP, PhD, MBA, an assistant professor of graduate programs and director of the ACNP program at Thomas Jefferson University and a neurocritical care nurse practitioner at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia. She notes that the demand for acute care nurse practitioners has risen dramatically in the past 10 years, as hospitals look to supplement in-house staff reduced in part because of laws limiting work hours for medical residents.

The increased use of well-trained NPs has resulted in improved outcomes and good patient satisfaction scores, and nurse practitioners “are in a position to step into the acute care setting and make a difference in patient outcomes,” she writes. “However, the change of (nurse practitioner) program curricula to reflect care across the life span instead of a focus on a specialty has created a gap, which needs to be addressed through education.”

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