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Advanced practice nurses gain new rights in Minnesota

This month in Minnesota, advanced practice nurses gained new authority to practice. State requirements mandating a collaborative practice agreement between a physician and an advanced practice nurse are no longer required for nurses who meet the state’s new licensing and certification standards. The changes could benefit both metro-area and rural Minnesota communities by increasing access to the expertise of advanced practice nurses and opportunities to visit nurse-led primary care clinics.

The changes come as primary care access across Minnesota enters a critical stage, with a shortage of as many as 850 primary care physicians expected within the next ten years, according to the Minnesota Hospital Association.

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U of M College of Pharmacy dean Marilyn K. Speedie receives highest honor in pharmacy

Marilyn K. Speedie, B.S.Pharm., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2014 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Speedie was selected in recognition of the professional achievements, innovations and advancements she has contributed to the pharmacy profession.

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U of M, regional hospitals stress the impact of declining medical education funding

In May, 219 students will graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Medical residencies will allow these students to continue their training but unfortunately, a limited number of residency slots in Minnesota means more than half of our graduating students will land outside our state’s borders.

Statistics show that once we lose these students, it’s difficult to bring them back.

Worse, the cost to hospitals forced to recruit providers from out of state is twice what it costs to train them in-state.

So why can’t we simply add more residency slots? There are a few reasons but one of the primary reasons is funding.

In 2011, the Minnesota State Legislature severely reduced funding that supports graduate medical education. The funding, known as Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC), was slashed from $63 million to $31 million.

Last week, Minnesota Public Radio‘s Elizabeth Dunbar put the spotlight on the challenges associated with cutting medical education funding. Read the story and listen to the feature here.

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