A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for areas west of Omaha until 11 p.m.; however, the metro area will likely have thunderstorms on and off throughout the overnight.
As nurses age and more people gain access to health care, state officials and educators are concerned about a nursing shortage. It's already an issue in Nebraska where eight counties lack a registered nurse and 39 counties lack a nurse practitioner.
To deal with the issue, the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha has changed its program for registered nurses earning a bachelor's degree in nursing. Nursing college dean Juliann Sebastian says the change will help make the transition to a bachelor's degree seamless and aligned with a nurse's prior education and experience.
In the Legislature, Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue has introduced a bill that would remove a rule requiring a doctor to sign on as someone who is working with the nurse practitioner.