Spotlight on practice, graduate nursing education partnership shining brighter

During the 2013 Retail Clinician Education Congress last week in Las Vegas, a select group of leaders in graduate nursing education and nursing practice gathered for a historic roundtable discussion.

The roundtable discussion marked an important event within the convenient care industry as nurse leaders and universities came together to talk and strategize on ways to strengthen the relationship between practice and graduate nursing education in emerging models of care.

With the nation facing a worsening shortage of primary care physicians and healthcare reform bringing some 30 million Americans into the insurance fold come 2014, there is no denying that convenient care clinics and the nurse practitioners working within them will continue to play an even greater role within the U.S. healthcare system going forward.

That is why this roundtable was such an important event at RCEC. The strained U.S. healthcare system needs the convenience and cost efficiency that such clinics provide, and it needs the quality of care provided by the nurse practitioners working within those clinics. Educating and informing nursing students on the importance and opportunities within the convenient care industry is only going to become increasingly critical.

Sponsoring the invitational roundtable, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, was the National League for Nursing, whose core truth is to integral relationship between practice and education.

“While the U.S. moves toward the redesigning of both nursing education and clinical practice, this is a time to support those clinicians providing exceptional care as advanced practice registered nurses, in a wide variety of emerging care delivery models,” the NLN stated.

Meanwhile, Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties announced last week that they are sponsoring a new program to support the clinical education of nurse practitioners.

The program will include a Preceptor Web Portal containing web-based resources that clinical preceptors use to promote education for NPs nationwide. NONPF and Take Care said additional resources and orientation materials were necessary to help preceptors enhance their abilities to teach students in the clinical setting. The web portal is expected to become available this summer.