When your health fails, it is vital to know that you are receiving the best possible care available to you, from the doctors you work with on occasion to the nurse practitioner you might see from time to time. A higher level of comprehensive care is growing, thanks to the increase in nurse practitioners pursuing further training through residency programs. With increases in training, nurses practitioners are able to learn more by spending extra time with the patients they treat, receiving expert assistance and guidance in real-life scenarios they encounter and by pursuing additional topics that interest them in the medical field.
Time with the patient is important in order to properly assess that patient’s needs. However, within the confines of a regular clinical appointment, the amount of time that nurse practitioners have with patients is limited. While in residency programs they are able to spend longer amounts of time with their patients, allowing them a better understanding of how to treat their specific ailment. This is necessary in order to ensure patients with higher care needs are treated correctly, ideally bettering their standard of living. Extra time with patients is a great benefit to the residency programs, but it is not the only one.
Pursuing passions is an important piece in professional development for NPs in residency programs as well. When first coming out of schooling, the amount of knowledge nurse practitioners have and being able to put all knowledge to the correct use, can be overwhelming. By pursuing topics in the medical field that they are interested in, nurse practitioners are able to become specialized in understanding how to treat specific needs. Plus following what makes them passionate allows them to develop their abilities in treating ailments of all kinds at a higher level than they could without the residency.
Through the guidance of doctors, clinical experts, and nurses working hand in hand in the residency there is plenty of expertise that is beneficial for growth and development. Nurse practitioners are increasingly becoming known for providing service that is comparable to that of a doctor. With this increase in their role, it is important they have time under other experts and professionals in their field to better become experts themselves at providing quality healthcare solutions. Achieving a higher level of patient care is made possible through the professional development that residency programs provide to participants.
While some say that standard training programs already qualify these nurse practitioners enough to treat their patients, there is still an enormous benefit to the development that the residencies provide. From expertly guided training in their areas of interest to longer time spent with the patients they treat, we can see that NPs in residency programs are better prepared to treat the increasing needs of patients. While it may be true that the vast majority of nurse practitioners are not participating in these programs yet and are qualified to serve their patients, a higher level of patient care is achievable through participation in residencies. This higher level of care is important in communities, especially rural communities, where nurse practitioners are increasingly becoming the primary care providers for patients as opposed to doctors.