Effective Jan 10, 2011 - It's APRN!
As of January 10, 2011 all Kentucky ARNP registrations will become APRN licenses.
The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) is in the process of implementing the national Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model. Many authorities point to the advanced practice role as being essential to providing safe and expert healthcare to individuals across the country. An Oct. 5, 2010, report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends a variety of stakeholders - from state legislators to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to the Congress - to ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their ducation and training. The role of the APRN is also essential to Kentucky, particularly as various national healthcare reform initiatives are implemented in the state. The KBN has received a number of inquiries about the proposed changes.
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Toward Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing
April 19-22, 2011
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
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FEATURE: Four Articles with Diabetes Focus
Over 11% of Adult Kentuckians Have Diabetes
Worse, yet, more than half of Americans are predicted to have diabetes or be prediabetic by 2020. The cost to the U.S. health care system will exceed $3 trillion if current trends continue. New data recently released from the Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System also shows Kentucky ranks fourth in the nation in the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes.
Click the link to download the findings in a report by UnitedHealth – titled United States of Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead
Diabetes Patient Resource
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has created a public web-based directory for individuals in need of care and management resources for the treatment of diabetes, linking individuals with doctors, diabetes educators and other resources in their area.
Kentucky Diabetes Resource Directory
The new website may not contain a complete listing of all Kentucky diabetes resources. Under the new system, diabetes resource providers can add new resources or edit their information on the site. In addition, new diabetes resource categories may be added in the future.
Read news release
Pregnant Women Lack Sufficient Diabetes Testing
Among relevant results, only 19% of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes were tested six months postpartum. And 32% of pregnant women ages 25 to 40 were not being screened for gestational diabetes using a standard and inexpensive lab test.
Read more about the Quest Diagnostics study of over 1 million pregnant women in the U.S. at Nurse.com
NPs AS EDUCATORS
Read how Long Island NPs are educating the public about Diabetes