Nursing Blog

Which States Spend More on Health Care?

Research shows that expanding autonomy for Nurse Practitioners is an effective means of decreasing these costs while simultaneously enabling access to preventive and primary care. Check out the Nursing@Simmons infographic to which states spend more on health care.

How Nurse Practitioners Can Help Save MassHealth, and Its Patients

Massachusetts is one of only 12 states that places significant restrictions on practice, requiring NPs to be supervised by a physician to develop treatment plans and prescribe medications. However, the state is making strides toward expanding the role of Nurse Practitioners, particularly in an effort to curb the growth of MassHealth spending, which accounted for two-thirds of statewide expenditures between 2013 and 2014 according to the 2015 Health Policy Commission report.

That’s Not Sugar: Artificial Sweeteners and Your Health

Sugar may not be good for you, but its effects are known, unlike some of the sugar substitutes on the market. Sugar substitutes have been prevalent for years, but there is a lack of widespread understanding of their positive and negative effects on one’s health. Here, we will compare the nutritional facts about sugar with those of the sugar substitutes available and identify their health value and potential risks.

Weighing the Options: Food Faddism in America

Learn about the latest consumer diets and their nutritional pros and cons.

Food Labels Quiz

Take our quiz below to test your knowledge about food labels and see how informed the decisions you make in the grocery store really are.

Tips for Aspiring Nurse Leaders

When rising through the ranks as a nurse with an eye toward leadership opportunities, finding the right mentor is key. According to Veronica Rankin and Liz Stokes, two nurses with decades of combined experience, seeking out guidance is a great first step for nurses who want to carve out leadership roles.