Nurses and Health Information Technology: Working With and Around Computers
Peace J | JULY 2011
INVITED COMMENTARY Information technology is nearly ubiquitous in health care settings. Nurses need basic computer skills and information literacy to effectively practice nursing. In addition, nurses must be prepared not only to work around complex health information technology, but also to communicate with individuals who can address the underlying problems.
Psych NP-NC: A Benchmark Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program for Meeting the Mental Health Needs in North Carolina
Soltis-Jarrett V | JULY 2011
INVITED COMMENTARY UNC–Chapel Hill’s Psych NP-NC program prepares clinically and culturally proficient nurse practitioners to provide psychiatric and mental health care in North Carolina areas that are medically underserved and have a greater number of health disparities. This article reviews the program and the role of its graduates and makes policy recommendations for improving mental health care in the state.
Removal of Legal Barriers to the Practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Kugler EC, et al. | JULY 2011
INVITED COMMENTARY A recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) calls for states to amend regulations on the practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). This article reviews the roles of APRNs, the IOM recommendations, and efforts by national and state stakeholders to remove legal barriers to APRN practice.
Use of Telepsychiatry to Improve Care for People With Mental Illness in Rural North Carolina
Saeed SA, et al. | MAY 2011
INVITED COMMENTARY Telehealth improves access to medical services, especially for people living in rural areas. In North Carolina, the advantages of telepsychiatry also go beyond improving access. This article describes a diverse program of telehealth and telepsychiatric service delivery and discusses its advantages and disadvantages.