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William F. Connell School of Nursing

The changing role of the NP

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Joyce Pulcini

Connell School Associate Professor Joyce Pulcini was recently featured on the ReachMD series "Partners in Practice" to talk about the changing role of the nurse practitioner. The episode, entitled “The Future Educational Requirements for Nurse Practitioners,” focuses on the trends and changes coming to higher learning for nurse practitioners as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing are recommending a doctorate degree be required for all new NPs by 2015.

Based in Chicago, ReachMD provides advanced healthcare information and education for medical professionals. The "Partners in Practice" series provides insight into the issues experienced by advanced practice clinicians as they deliver a broad range of medical services to a diverse population, interface with other healthcare providers, and navigate their own career issues.

Pulcini, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, is a past president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a senior associate editor for Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, and chair of the education/practice subgroup of the International NP/APN Network of the ICN. She has contributed to more than 200 articles, textbooks, and presentations about topics ranging from postpartum depression to improvements in nurse practitioner education and health policy.

Listen to the episode or download the podcast here »