Panel backs broader powers for advanced nurses in rural areas
A Senate study committee Monday recommended the state allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) broader medical authority if they work in rural, underserved counties. Under current state law, nurse practitioners and other advanced nurses in Georgia can prescribe medications only under a collaborative agreement with a physician. The study... Read more
GHN update: How a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son
A single mom and her medically fragile son recently moved from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. The medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid have made the move worthwhile. “It’s like night and day,’’ Sarah Allen, the mother, said Monday of the coverage options in... Read more
Re-entry program brings former nurses back into the profession
This is the fourth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated... Read more
Jackson Healthcare launches expansion, plans 1,400 new jobs
The demand for health care services is growing. So is the need for physicians and other professionals to deliver these services, especially with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. Jackson Healthcare, a health care staffing company, is expanding its Alpharetta headquarters to meet this surge. The company announced... Read more
Why so many nurses get hurt on the job
“I think in every job there are hidden risks,” said Paige Cummings, director of the Athens Nurses Clinic. These are perils “that people in that area are very aware of and people on the outside may not be.” That’s certainly true of nursing. In 2015, about five of every... Read more

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