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April 2008 - Posts


Target Clinics Staff NPs; Other Fun Target Stuff
April 30, 2008 12:59 PM by Jennifer Ford
Target, which once partnered with MinuteClinic in its stores now operates its own clinics in Maryland and the twin cities area of Minnesota. Target Clinic follows the same quick, convenient-care model as other retail health clinics, and are staffed by Read More...
Health Care at the Mall
April 29, 2008 3:04 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to a press release today by PDQ Care (Patients Deserve Quality Care), the first-ever retail health clinic/pharmacy duo to operate in a shopping mall opened its doors at The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida. This is another logical Read More...
NP Wins Award for Excellence in Teaching
April 29, 2008 12:56 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here is another example of a nurse practitioner bringing good press to the profession. Tamara Michelle Robertson, assistant professor of nursing at the Austin Peay State University of Tennessee, was given the 2008 Socrates Award. The award is given to Read More...
Pediatric "Care-A-Van" Staffed by NP
April 29, 2008 9:49 AM by Jennifer Ford
In Chicago, nurse practitioner Patricia Carr staffs the city's largest mobile pediatric care unit. The Care-A-Van provides immunizations, physicals, hearing and vision screenings, pulmonary function testing, asthma assessments, childhood health promotions, Read More...
Canadian Physicians Employing More NPs
April 28, 2008 3:03 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to an article in Canada's National Review of Medicine, physician employment of NPs increased by 30% in the last year. The article includes an informative map listing the numbers of NPs working in each province of Canada. About the numbers of Read More...
Article: "Doctor Nurse"
April 28, 2008 1:56 PM by Jennifer Ford
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune published a story today titled " A Doctor and a Nurse, All in One Package ." The article explains the doctorate of nursing practice rather well, touting the effectivemness of NP and DNP care: According to Delaney, Read More...
ANCC Statement on DNP Certification
April 25, 2008 12:19 PM by Jennifer Ford
The ANCC issued a position statement along with the survey they posted on their Web site (see the ADVANCE Voice: NP blog post from yesterday ). It details the work of a task force they created to evaluate the DNP and its future credentialing process. Read More...
CMS Proposes Rules for Hospital-Acquired Illnesses
April 25, 2008 11:45 AM by Jennifer Ford
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would result in nonpayment for hospital-acquired illnesses. The CMS said the following in a press release about the proposed rule : CMS is proposing to expand the list of Read More...
Medicine and Metaphor
April 24, 2008 3:22 PM by Jill Rollet
Here at ADVANCE, we've been thinking about analogies and metaphors for the past couple of days. These literary and logical devices help us understand the biological and chemical processes we write about and help us communicate them to our readers. For Read More...
BONs to Visit NP Practices on 24-Hour Notice
April 24, 2008 3:13 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to the Nursing Law Report by the Carson Company, the board of nursing in North Carolina and other states will be conducting random reviews of NP practices with just 24 hours' notice. The review categories are as follows: Approval & practice Read More...
ANCC Offers Survey on DNP Certification
April 24, 2008 2:08 PM by Jennifer Ford
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has created an online survey on the future of certification for NPs holding a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. They are asking many different health care professionals to respond to the survey, including Read More...
Australian Official and Canadian Citizens Lobby for NPs
April 23, 2008 12:51 PM by Jennifer Ford
An article in The Australian details a push by the Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma, to end physicians' monopoly on prescribing, exams and pathology tests. Iemma, the former state health minister, lobbied at a health summit to recommend that nurses Read More...
Many New NP Practices … and a Resource
April 23, 2008 7:48 AM by Jill Rollet
I have only anecdotal evidence, but it seems that there are a lot of new NP practices opening out there. In the past few weeks, I've received four Practice Snapshot surveys from NPs who've been in business just since the end of 2007 — two of whom I convinced Read More...
Take Care Plans Clinics in Boston Area
April 22, 2008 1:03 PM by Jennifer Ford
After a battle spurred by the application of CVS/Caremark's MinuteClinic to operate in stores in the Boston area, the state wrote and enacted new regulations for retail health clinics. We reported on these regulations in the April issue of ADVANCE for Read More...
Study Planned: NPs and Incontinence Care
April 22, 2008 9:29 AM by Jennifer Ford
A study is planned in Holland to measure the effectiveness of incontinence care and education by nurse practitioners. In Holland, prescriptions for incontinence pads cost 160 million Euros a year. The study aims to prove NPs capable of reducing costs Read More...
NP Involved in School Clinic Program
April 21, 2008 7:16 PM by Jennifer Ford
In Spectrum Community School in Kitsap, Wash., a school clinic , staffed by nurse practitioner Gretchen Berni, is a pilot clinic for several clinics the state hopes to open soon. Grants have been provided to see whether a school-based clinic, providing Read More...
Mass. Bans Gifts From Pharma
April 21, 2008 2:52 PM by Jennifer Ford
The Boston Herald reported that the state legislature approved a ban on gifts to doctors from pharmaceutical companies. A provision that was removed would have also criminalized the act. The ban was purportedly part of a plan to reduce health-care costs, Read More...
AAFP Article: Retail Clinics Friend or Foe?
April 21, 2008 10:03 AM by Jennifer Ford
The American Academy of Family Physicians published an article about retail health clinics that asks, "Will this trend bring increased competition or cooperation?" The article was written in response to the listing of Michael C. Howe, CEO of MinuteClinic Read More...
NP Provides AED Training to Honduran Med Students
April 17, 2008 3:44 PM by Jennifer Ford
Jean Morgan, NP, traveled to Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, to train medical students in the use of defibrilators (Automatic Electronic Defibrillation or AED devices) through the Honduran ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) program. The mission was "Before Read More...
Convenient Care Association Partners with CDC
April 16, 2008 1:34 PM by Jennifer Ford
In a press release yesterday, the Convenient Care Association announced that it was in talks with the Centers for Disease Control to "explore partnership opportunities to expand avenues for delivering preventive health services." These avenues include Read More...
AMA Concerned About NP Scope
April 16, 2008 10:31 AM by Jennifer Ford
An article was published on that cites physicians' fear that increased scope of practice for NPs will compromise quality of care. The article notes that at least 24 states are either considering bills or expect bills to be introduced this Read More...
Changes to Insurance and Prescriptions
April 15, 2008 11:03 AM by Jennifer Ford
The cost of prescriptions could increase soon for patients, as insurers implement what is called a Tier-4 drug plan, by which they cover a percentage of drug costs as opposed to charging just a co-pay. The New York Times reported yesterday in their article Read More...
Editorial: "Dental NPs Needed"
April 14, 2008 2:14 PM by Jennifer Ford
A recent editorial in the Minnesota Star Tribune calls for the nurse-practitioner equivalent in dentistry. The editorial's author calls this proposed practitioner a "mid-level dental practitioner" and compared the position to a nurse practitioner. A proposal Read More...
NP Student Project Leads to Obesity Awareness Week
April 14, 2008 1:43 PM by Jennifer Ford
Several students in the public policy and nursing class at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing saw a class project become law during the 80th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The Daily News of Galveston County reported Read More...
Syracuse NP Featured in Parade Magazine
April 14, 2008 11:11 AM by Jennifer Ford
This video shows a Syracuse, New York news channel's coverage of an NP who was featured in Parade Magazine's "What They Earn" insert. Archie McEvers , NP, was chosen from millions of submissions, and the NP profession is featured among other professions Read More...
NPs Banned From Performing Abortions
April 11, 2008 11:18 AM by Jennifer Ford
According to an article in the East Valley Tribune, a panel in the Arizona Senate voted last week to ban nurse practitioners from performing abortions. A physician testified that although he thought nurse practitioners were able to perform abortions, Read More...
AANP Provider-Neutral Language Petition
April 10, 2008 9:26 AM by Jennifer Ford
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has created a petition aimed at pharmaceutical and medical device companies to encourage the use of provider-neutral language in their direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The petition is available online, Read More...
Physicians Make an Entree Into Retail Health
April 9, 2008 3:20 PM by Jennifer Ford
There are two news stories that circulated this week in which phyisicians are shown becoming involved in retail health clinics. The first is embedded in the USA Today story about retail health clinics in airports . The article mentions Solantic, and states Read More...
Video: News Coverage on "Doctor Nurse"
April 8, 2008 10:31 AM by Jennifer Ford
This video was part of a broadcast by Fox 4 News of Kansas City news channel on April 7. The reporters interviewed Melissa Smith, NP, who is studying for her DNP. Here is an excerpt of the report: Some say DNPs will have skills on par with primary care Read More...
Study: NPs Help Kidney Patients Control Hypertension
April 8, 2008 9:19 AM by Jennifer Ford
A study that was published for the 2008 National Kidney Foundation meeting found that nurse practitioners at an NP-led nephrology clinic were just as likely as providers in other clinics to help control hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease. Read More...
Well-Person Retail Clinics
April 7, 2008 3:24 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here's an interesting twist on retail clinics: well-visit-only clinics, focusing on preventive care. This could be a great opportunity for NPs if it starts to take off. See this Wall Street Journal blog post . WellnessMart, owned and operated by a physician Read More...
The DNP Exam - Talking with Mary Mundinger
April 4, 2008 12:52 PM by Jennifer Ford
On Wednesday, the Council for the Advancement of Comprehensive Care (CACC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced in this press release that they had developed a certification exam for the doctorate of nursing practice. The fact Read More...
Hands-Only CPR
April 1, 2008 1:53 PM by Jill Rollet
Several years ago my friend Tanya accepted a job at a Swiss boarding school. Before starting, she was required to take a detailed first-aid course. Never doing anything halfway, Tanya signed up for EMT training in the United States. Early on, the class Read More...
Roadside Health Care for Truckers
April 1, 2008 11:00 AM by Jennifer Ford
Perhaps spurred on by the explosion of retail health clinics inside drug and grocery stores, a new type of much-needed health care clinic is growing: the roadside clinic. “Because truckers need maintenance too,” explains the Web site of Roadside Medical Read More...


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