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May 2008 - Posts


Retail Health Clinics Marching Through Midwest
May 29, 2008 12:21 PM by Jennifer Ford
This week, Take Care Health Systems announced that they are opening clinics in the Rockford, Illinois area. In addition to this news, there is some increased attention to the retail health industry in the area. An article ( "Would you like a prescription Read More...
Video by DNP Student
May 22, 2008 1:11 PM by Jennifer Ford
The " Donna NP Show " was created by a DNP student looking to increase advocacy for nurse practitioners. She created an informational video that she loaded to her YouTube profile site. This is a great example of ways that NPs can use technology to promote Read More...
Retail Health Satisfaction Still High
May 22, 2008 11:05 AM by Jennifer Ford
The public is still happy with convenient care clinics, according to a survey done of 4,937 adults by Harris Interactive for the Wall Street Journal. The Interactive health care study, which was conducted earlier this month, provides reassurance Read More...
Very Few HIPAA Prosecutions
May 21, 2008 9:44 AM by Jill Rollet
I saw a news blurb the other day about a HIPAA prosecution in Oklahoma. I was struck by how few of these blurbs come across my desk, so I tried to track down just how many HIPAA prosecutions there have been since the law was enacted in 1996. An unscientific Read More...
Google Health Has Arrived!
May 20, 2008 1:57 PM by Jennifer Ford
I posted about Google Health the other day, but at that point it wasn't available yet for public use. It was released yesterday, and I just logged in to check it out. I must say, it's a very useful tool! To start using it, you have to create a Google Read More...
Apologizing for Medical Errors
May 20, 2008 1:35 PM by Jennifer Ford
There is a growing trend toward accountability in health care. More health care providers are taking the high road and apologizing when it comes to making mistakes. Unlike the traditional "deny and defend" tactic, an actual apology leaves the victim of Read More...
"Medical Home"
May 19, 2008 4:09 PM by Jennifer Ford
A hot topic in health care recently is the concept of a "medical home." The medical home should, according to those who advocate it, provide all primary health care services for a patient as well as any additional new tools that could help him or her, Read More...
What Is the Magic Number?
May 19, 2008 3:38 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here is a question that I'm throwing out for public rumination: Is there a magic number of clinics open in a retail health chain after which the company either thrives or fails? Consider this information: In the last year, several retail health clinic Read More...
Flash Drive Health Records
May 19, 2008 3:09 PM by Jennifer Ford
Kroger stores in Ohio and Kentucky are going to start selling the MedFlash, a thumb drive that will contain personal health records. Read the release here . The EMR will be sold for $29.95 and will contain personal health information. This is the first Read More...
Canada's NP Struggle Continues
May 19, 2008 12:05 PM by Jennifer Ford
Canadian NPs are struggling for recognition of their education and abilities, now that the profession is gaining popularity. NP-led clinics are getting the same bad rap from Canadian physicians that American physicians give ours. Read this article from Read More...
Award Nomination Period Ends May 31
May 15, 2008 3:51 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here is just a quick note of information: The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award nomination period ends May 31. The award "provides nurses, healthcare workers, their colleagues, and the public a national opportunity to recognize exceptional service, sacrifice Read More...
Retail Health NP Bloggers Needed!
May 15, 2008 1:45 PM by Jennifer Ford
To all of our retail health NP readers: We need you! We here at ADVANCE are working to launch a “Real Life in Retail Health” blog on the ADVANCE Web site, and we're recruiting NPs who work in the trenches in the retail health industry to write for it. Read More...
Retail Clinics in Rochester Prove WSJ Wrong
May 13, 2008 11:18 AM by Jennifer Ford
Recent coverage by the Wall Street Journal describes the retail health industry as slowing. But, according to this article in Rochester, New York's Post-Bulletin (not to mention evidence from any retail health chain), the industry is just picking up speed. Read More...
Video/Podcast: Google Health and EMRs
May 12, 2008 4:30 PM by Jennifer Ford
I listened to a podcast of an interview with Mike Leavitt , the Secretary of Health and Human Services, which addressed improving health care in America. Leavitt said he wants health care to "achieve economic system status," meaning that consumers should Read More...
Update on NPs' Ability to Perform Abortions
May 12, 2008 4:13 PM by Jennifer Ford
I previously posted about a bill that passed the senate in Arizona banning NPs from performing abortions. Recent news from the Arizona Daily Star's Web site states that despite legislative movement, the bill is being vehemently fought by the state board Read More...
DNP and Retail Health Discussed in Article
May 12, 2008 12:51 PM by Jennifer Ford published an article titled " Growing Role of Nurse Practitioners " last week, which addressed the doctorate of nursing practice and retail health clinics, two "hot buttons" that many nurse practitioners have been concerned about recently. Read More...
NP Popularity Is Growing
May 8, 2008 3:54 PM by Jennifer Ford
Last year, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed into law a bill that expands the role of the NP in the state. Nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania still work under a collaborative practice agreement in the state, so it is still difficult to work in Read More...
Safe Sleep Letter
May 8, 2008 2:11 PM by Jennifer Ford
Attached at the bottom of this post is a letter from the Pennsylvania Child Death Review Team about safe sleep for infants. The PCDRT is working to distribute this letter to all NPs, because many NPs care for infants. Click on the link below to read the Read More...
Attachment(s):safe sleep letter.pdf
Slow Medicine
May 7, 2008 3:28 PM by Jennifer Ford
A nurse practitioner weighed in on the concept of "slow medicine" in a New York Times article published May 5. Joanne Sandberg-Cook, an NP who works at the Kendal at Hanover retirement home in New Hampshire, says that each geriatric patient's circumstances"demand Read More...
Social Networking Sites for Health Care
May 6, 2008 9:32 AM by Jennifer Ford
Social networking Web sites are not and have not been just for gossiping teenagers for years now. Groups formed on sites like MySpace and Facebook serve all kinds of purposes, from political campaigning to fundraising for charities. And in the last few Read More...
Now That's Better... DNP
May 5, 2008 2:53 PM by Jennifer Ford
After a somewhat disheartening article in which the DNP was continually referred to as "doctor nurse" (which I blogged about here ), this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch seems to have done a better job of portraying the doctorate of nursing practice. Read More...
Good Press for Retail Clinic NPs
May 5, 2008 12:51 PM by Jennifer Ford published an article today targeted to nurse practitioners in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. It breaks out which retail health clinics are operating in the area and concisely notes the importance of NPs to the idustry. They quote Karen Frye, Read More...
Survey: 25% of Americans Share Prescription Drugs
May 2, 2008 10:52 AM by Jennifer Ford
A survey done by the American Journal of Public Health revealed that one-quarter of Americans shares prescrition medications with family and friends. The survey polled residents across the country, and found that about 23% said they shared medications Read More...
Opportunity Lost
May 1, 2008 8:09 AM by Jill Rollet
The article starts out promising good PR for nurse practitioners: "Peggy O'Donnell, a Lynbrook nurse practitioner, knows a thing or two about picking a good primary care physician." This is O'Donnell's opportunity to explain that an NP often can be your Read More...


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