Lindsay Bratton Mullins, PhD, FNP-BC presented her work at AANP 2015 National Conference

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Lindsay Bratton Mullins, PhD, FNP-BC presented her work, as a poster presentation, at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 National Conference which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 9-14, 2015. Her presentation was entitled, “Nurse Practitioners and Population-Level Healthcare in the Southern United States: Regulatory and Practice Implications”. The abstract of Dr. Bratton Mullins presentation below:

Nurse Practitioners and Population-Level Healthcare in the Southern United States: Regulatory and Practice Implications

Southern United States populations are becoming older and more ethnically diverse and at the same time have disproportionate rates of chronic illnesses, a higher poverty rate, and less access to healthcare. As the nation shifts from institute-based care to primary, preventive, and population level care so should the provider. To date, quality and effective care outcomes for older individuals have been demonstrated by nurse practitioners. Louisiana state regulations for nurse practitioners clearly describe the role of a nurse practitioner in individual care but lack description of community and population care. Because of their educational preparation, nurse practitioners are equipped to assess communities, form relationships, and account for local context and culture which is critical to develop sustainable community-level health programming.

The role of the nurse practitioner in assessing communities and creating culturally-informed community programming based on assessment findings is neither clear nor have outcomes been measured. Therefore, a need exists for clear description of nurse practitioners’ scope of practice to include population-level care, avenues for revenue generation at the population-level, and details about unique physician collaborations or autonomous practice in the community. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the role of a nurse practitioner-led community model for older adults, to describe current Louisiana state practice regulations for nurse practitioners, and to make recommendations for nurse practitioner care of communities and populations to generate revenue, collaborate with physicians, and to evolve practice.

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