The Mentor Highlights
Published quarterly, The Mentor, NONPF's newletter, helps to keep our members up to date on current news within our organization and nurse practitioner education, as well as provide updates on NONPF's annual conference and information for other events in NONPF members may be interested. Below are some sample highlights from the most recent Mentor. In order to receive full access to The Mentor you must be an active NONPF member.
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Highlights from The Mentor
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RETAIL CLINICS HIGHLIGHTED BY NATIONAL CONSUMER LEAGUE
On September 18, the National Consumers League sponsored a forum entitled “Retail Clinics: A New Trend in Health Care.” A room at the National Press Club was filled with representatives from professional health care organizations, consumer organizations, federal agencies, private foundations, Congressional offices, unions, and private industry to hear presentations on the quality of and opportunities for retail clinics in the US health care system. A panel of representatives from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Pediatrics, Convenient Care Association, and Federal Trade Commission talked about the range of services and use of electronic health records in retail clinics. A second panel highlighted access to care, cost, and quality from the perspectives of private insurers and health systems. A NONPF representative provided this summary of issues raised in the forum.
NONPF CONVENES WORK GROUP ON PMHNP EDUCATION
In April 2008, NONPF facilitated a meeting of representatives from the American Psychiatric nurses Association (APNA), the International Society of Psychiatric nursing (ISPN), and the Society of education & research in Psychiatric nursing (SERPN, a division of ISPN) to discuss psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)education. The discussion pointed out common concerns among the groups about extensive variation among NP-specific PMH nursing programs and identified the need to provide further curriculum guidance for these programs in PMH nursing.
As follow up to initial meeting, NONPF is now convening a small work group of representatives from ISPN, APNA, IntnSA, and nonPF to develop a common statement on PMHNP education. The approved objectives for this work group will be (1) to identify areas of common agreement among nonPF, APNA, ISPN, and INTNSA about PMHNP educational programs, and (2) prepare a statement about these areas of agreement that will give guidance to PMHNP educational programs. The goal is to complete a paper by early 2009 that can be approved by the leadership of the respective organizations and further endorsed by other stakeholder organizations. The NONPF board of Directors asked Margaret Brackley, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the university of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to serve as convener of the work group.
In response to identified inquiries and needs of NONPF members, the Curricular Leadership Committee convened two taskforces to explore and respond to the issues of DNP clinical hours and eligibility for DNP certification. The committee completed two papers: “Position on Clinical Hours for Nurse Practitioner Preparation in Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs” and “WHITE PAPER: Eligibility for NP Certification for Nurse Practitioner Students In Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs” The two papers have been released in an eBulletin and will soon be available in the Members Only section of the NONPF Web site.