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Integrate advanced practice providers into your workforce with new Sigma title

“Within these pages lies a treasure trove of evidence-based tools, templates, pitfalls to avoid, and more for anyone who is interested in advanced practice in healthcare.”

Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC 
Former Chief Nurse and Healthcare Executive

INDIANAPOLIS—Advanced practice providers (APPs), including APRNs and PAs, are a rapidly growing part of the healthcare workforce. The newest title from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), Advanced Practice Providers: An Operational Guide for Workforce Integration by Maria Lofgren, Christine Gust, and Douglas Van Daele, aims to give leaders at hospitals, clinics, academic programs, and other healthcare organizations directions on integrating APPs to optimize top-of-license practice. 

Using the successful program integrating APPs into the workforce from University of Iowa (UI) Health Care, Advanced Practice Providers is a blueprint for assimilating advanced practice providers into existing organizational infrastructures. This book provides customizable documents and practices that can be tailored to different organizations and includes top-of-license practice examples that optimize APP productivity and support collaboration. 

Additionally, as author Christine Gust said, “This book serves as a resource for healthcare employees at all levels of the organization. From executive leaders to those responsible for administration—human resources, coding/billing, and credentialing—all can benefit from this in-depth review operationalizing this essential group of providers.”

The book is available to purchase at Download a free sample chapter from the Sigma Repository.

Advanced Practice Providers: An Operational Guide for Workforce Integration
By Maria Lofgren, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BBC, CPNP, FAANP; Christine Gust, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP; Douglas Van Daele, MD, FACS
Published by Sigma, 2024
ISBN-13: 9781646480944  
EPUB ISBN: 9781646480951 
PDF ISBN: 9781646480968 
Price: US $59.95
Trade paperback, 402 pages
Trim size: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8

About the authors:
Maria Lofgren, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Practice at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at University of Iowa Health Care. 


Christine Gust, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, is Human Resources Generalist at University of Iowa Health Care, Carver College of Medicine, Office of Advanced Practice Providers. Her work has led to aligning HR strategies to advanced practice provider organizational objectives, policies, programs, and initiatives. 

Douglas Van Daele, MD, FACS, is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and is affiliated with the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. 


About Sigma:

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurses transforming global healthcare. 

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