Anne Bavier is the dean of the University of Texas at Arlington's nursing school. She has worked at the National Institutes of Health and served as dean of both the Connecticut School of Nursing and at Chicago’s Saint Xavier University.

Nursing Across State Lines: Becoming Stronger

For 17 years, healthcare consumers in Texas have enjoyed increased access to registered nurses, courtesy of an agreement known as the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, a mutual recognition consortium of 25 states. NLC affords eligible nurses who live in Compact States the privilege of practicing in any of these states without having to produce evidence of their qualifications, such as original college transcripts and licensure examination scores. This mutual recognition, or reciprocity, agreement is subject to the laws of each member state, further protecting the interests of the public. With the adoption of the compact 20 years ago and… Full Story

Lack of Nurse Wellness Hinders Healthcare Industry Success

Nurses are loved. It’s easy to understand why: nurses serve us as counselors, comforters, confidants, and great listeners. Their bedside manners play a crucial role in seeing patients and their families through the toughest times. Nurses are indispensable to healthcare delivery as caregivers, patient advocates, managers of care, and decision makers who use critical thinking skills to come up with the best outcomes for patients. Polls conducted by the Gallup Organization consistently list nursing as one of the nation’s most trusted professions, but many nurses pay a huge price for their service. The following are some of the biggest threats… Full Story

National Athletic Training Month Highlights Need For Funding to Continue Specialized Service

Throughout the United States, athletic trainers save countless lives each year through emergency care and mostly through prevention. Athletic trainers are licensed healthcare professionals. They are critically important members of a medical team and often work closely with physicians to provide an array of services, including injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis and injury rehabilitation. Their role has increased significantly in recent years and is only expected to rise dramatically in the coming years. Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in the 10-year span from 2014-2024, employment of athletic trainers will grow by 21 percent, higher than the… Full Story

Analyzing the Need For Latinos in Nursing Jobs

Latinos, the nation’s largest minority group, comprise 17 percent of the United States population. And that number continues to rise steadily. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2050 nearly one-third of the nation’s population will be Latino. But Latinos are woefully underrepresented in many professions, particularly in healthcare. Full Story

Healthcare Without Faculty: A National Crisis Grows

Last year, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported a 6.9 percent faculty vacancy. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy projected an 11 percent faculty vacancy for the current decade. This faculty shortage may be the biggest threat to our nation’s healthcare system. We cannot graduate healthcare professionals if we don’t have sufficient faculty members. Full Story

UTA Dean: Nursing’s Future Needs Bold Education and Partnerships

More than 430,000 additional registered nurse jobs will be created in the next decade. But this optimism is tempered by the fact that our nation continues to face an acute nursing shortage. According to the National League for Nursing, 41 percent of undergraduate nursing programs don’t have enough practice sites. Full Story