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Nursing Workforce Vacancies Reach Record High in Missouri

Medical community, educators exploring options. Nurses have been called the heart of health care, and it’s not hard to see why.

“When you’re in the hospital, the person that you’re seeing the most is the nurse,” said Dennis Manley, chief nursing officer for Mercy Hospital Joplin. “It’s typically the nurse who will be with you at the bedside, taking care of your needs.”

They are often the “eyes and ears” of providers, continually checking in and assessing patients. They also are the people who offer comfort and compassion to patients and their families when things become difficult.

“To say they are an important part of the health care setting is not reflective of the work that they do,” said April Bennett, vice president of nursing services at Freeman Health System. “Nurses are an integral and necessary part of the health care setting.” Read more

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Salary: Nurse Practitioners in the United States pull down an average of $91K annually. Incomes of Nurse Practitioners vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $14K cause paychecks to spread between $74K on the low end and $121K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Roughly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Nurse Practitioners claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Nurse Practitioners far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale’s salary questionnaire. Read more

The Fastest Growing jobs in Maine:

A new report found nurse practitioner is the fastest-growing job in Maine.  Zippia crunched state data to compile the list of the occupations and their average salaries.

“We then identified the occupations in Maine that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant,” Chris Kolmar wrote on Zippia’s website. “This left us with data for 130 occupations in Maine.”

Maine’s aging population played into the Top 10 fast-growing jobs: Read more

Overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding – review in The Nurse Practitioner

For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed–and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles — are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

“Breastfeeding yields many important benefits to both mother and infants, yet workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding,” according to the article by Rhonda Winegar, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CPN, CCRN, and Alisha Johnson, MSN, RN. “Nurse practitioners often serve as the initial point of education for new mothers and may impact decisions to breastfeed.” Read more