Dr. Patrice Little, a Family Nurse Practitioner in Georgia, has launched NP Student Magazine and a platform called NP Student University to help current nursing students and new graduates to better navigate their education and fill critical educational gaps.
COVID-19 has disrupted nursing education in so many ways. With the nursing community focused on containing the spread of the coronavirus and on treating those who have contracted the disease, the need for providers who can focus their time and effort on primary care is greater than ever. One of the progressively growing fields is that of Nurse Practitioners.
This profession requires advanced training beyond a Bachelor’s degree to diagnose, prescribe, and treat to meet the primary care shortage gap. The eagerness to capitalize on this field has led to potentially dangerous gaps in the quality of education and training NP students receive. In tragic cases, lapses in quality have led to patient deaths and major lawsuits.
NP Student is a premier lifestyle and education platform designed to bring those interested in becoming nurse practitioners and those actively enrolled in the traditional or doctoral track of NP School together through NP Student Magazine and now with an exclusive membership program through NP Student University.
“As a graduate of a hybrid program, there are many concerns in NP education that need to be addressed for one becoming a provider solely online during a pandemic,” explains Dr. Little. “It’s a relatively progressive field that addresses the national primary care shortage, which means that there are opportunities to make the providers more qualified to fill in those gaps. The services we offer are designed to help cultivate students’ thinking to avoid regurgitation of a textbook. When it comes to advanced training, repetition is key. Unfortunately, there is not enough downtime in the rigor of the program for NP students to retain core information and enough hours in hands-on training for some to practice effectively after graduation. Our goal is to foster a new generation of NPs to see the red flags, differentiate the zebras, address the most common complaints, and provide culturally competent care.”
NP Student University is an online platform that connects students to the resources they need to increase their learning capacity in their core education. The key areas team NPU focuses on are:
• Promoting provider communication and leadership development
• Encouraging advanced clinical assessment and diagnosing practice
• Establishing documentation practices that reflect care that is reimbursable
• Supporting students with prescribing practice
• Empowering students with racial-cultural competencies
The membership includes instrumental activities such as:
1. Weekly live sessions (case challenges and expert training)
2. Support with personal and professional development
3. Support with Doctoral Project Development
4. Discounts to NP Student Magazine events, High-yield Med Reviews’ pharmacy courses, and preceptorship placement with NP Hub
5. Affiliate marketing opportunities and more!
By 2025, the demand for primary care providers is expected to grow 17% and the support provided allows NPs to practice confidently and safely. The company’s long-standing mission to serve as a nationally recognized resource that transforms the lives and practice of NPs in and out of school.
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