Florida’s First Program to train Emergency Nurse Practitioners

Big news for Jacksonville University and the school’s nursing program! It has recently been reported that JU will launch Florida’s first program to train Emergency Nurse Practitioners. The two-year Masters in nursing program, which will be offered in the fall of 2007, will be limited to 20 students each year. Graduates of the program will be certified as Family Nurse Practitioners, with an Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialization, said Leigh Hart, dean of JU’s School of Nursing. Hart also noted that the Jacksonville University Nursing program would help increase the number of health care providers in ERs and urgent care centers that are experiencing a spike in patient volumes.

According to an Institute of Medicine report, there’s been a 26 percent increase in emergency room volume over the previous decade. But at the same time the country experienced a net loss of 703 hospitals and 425 emergency rooms during the same period. This program will be extremely helpful to area hospitals and emergency room patients that have been experiencing significant daily patient volumes the past year.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. A nurse practitioner can diagnose medical conditions and write prescriptions.

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