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January 2009 - Posts


NP Staffs Mobile Health Clinic
January 30, 2009 9:08 AM by Jennifer Ford
Today I read a short article describing the activities of a mobile health clinic that actually spoke volumes. " Bridge to Health offers services " details the workings of a health clinic bus owned and operated by the Palo Pinto General Hospital, which Read More...
A Radical Economic Stimulus
January 29, 2009 8:33 AM by Michelle Perron
Today's Minneapolis Star Tribune features a guest editorial with an intriguing but radical proposal for stimulating economic recovery: Pay off all federally backed student loans. Wy Spano, director of the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program Read More...
Oh, Those Off-Label Uses!
January 27, 2009 8:45 AM by Michelle Perron
The issue of off-label prescribing has been debated for years. For the first time that I can recall, federal forces seem to be leaning in favor of allowing some wiggle room. In the waning days of the Bush administration, the FDA issued a declaration allowing Read More...
NP Featured in Job Column
January 26, 2009 12:20 PM by Jill Rollet
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer featured nurse practitioner Tracy Naylor in its Sunday "It's My Job" column. The questionnaire-format column introduces people with "interesting" jobs to the public: What does a nurse practitioner do? "We're an extension Read More...
ADVANCE Goes Facebook
January 26, 2009 9:49 AM by Jennifer Ford
ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners has some news: We've entered the social networking arena and created a Facebook page! You can stay connected to us and connect with other NPs by becoming a fan. Visit our page and become a fan by clicking here . You will Read More...
Is ‘Concierge Care’ Insurance?
January 22, 2009 8:31 AM by Jill Rollet
I heard a report on American Public Radio's Marketplace program this morning about the possible future of the "concierge" model of medical practice. A concierge practice is a sort of membership health care plan: Basically, patients pay an annual flat Read More...
MinuteClinic NPs Talk Shop
January 21, 2009 3:37 PM by Jennifer Ford
Nurse practitioners Marina Ordiner and Cheryl MacDonald were interviewed by the Philadelphia Business Journal in " As Retail-Based Clinics Grow, So Do Jobs for Specialty Nurses ." The NPs describe the work they do in a retail clinic as well as how and Read More...
DNP Introduced to the Public
January 21, 2009 8:44 AM by Jill Rollet
Monday's Bismark (N.D.) Tribune ran a positive article introducing the role of nurse practitioners with a DNP to the public. "Nurse Who Is Also a Doctor" featured nurse practitioner Stacey Pfenning, who has a doctor of nursing practice degree. Although Read More...
Sleep. It's Good Medicine!
January 13, 2009 11:30 AM by Michelle Perron
It seems that study after study is demonstrating the value of a good night’s sleep. The most recent one was published in the Jan. 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported widely in media outlets today. Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor Read More...
Is DTC Advertising On Its Way Out?
January 12, 2009 10:41 AM by Michelle Perron
Nurse practitioners will be interested to know that direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs appears to be on the hot seat within the pharma community and potentially in the Obama administration. The Reuters news agency carried an article Read More...
NP Organizes Marathon Walk for Wellness
January 8, 2009 9:24 AM by Jennifer Ford
Nurse practitioner Patti Iversen resolved to get back into shape in 2009, and she's taking her community with her. 55-year-old Iversen, from Sidney, Montana, decided to train to walk a half marathon and has organized a "Walking for Wellness" day to complete Read More...
The Public Asks for NPs by Name
January 7, 2009 3:27 PM by Jennifer Ford
In the throes of this presidential transition, everyone's talking about health care. And peppered throughout the discussion is the repeated request for more nurse practitioners, and more scope for NPs. I recently blogged about Val Jones, who writes the Read More...
Antibiotics Giveaways?
January 7, 2009 12:08 PM by Jennifer Ford
Wegman's announced that it would give away free antibiotics to its loyalty club members during this winter's cold and flu season. So in every Wegman's store with a pharmacy, patients who come to fill their antibiotic scripts will get a free 14-day supply. Read More...
The Bachelor Eliminates NP
January 6, 2009 5:05 PM by Jennifer Ford
We're sad to report that the fun was over almost before it began: Last night on the season premiere of The Bachelor, bachelor Jason Mesnick eliminated his first 10 bachelorettes , including Treasure , the NP from Salt Lake City. I admit I was a bit disappointed, Read More...
NP Creates Safe-Sex Soap Operas for Cell Phones
January 5, 2009 1:55 PM by Jennifer Ford
Are you looking for a creative way to communicate safe sex practices to patients? Nurse practitioner Rachel Jones has created a new one: safe-sex soap operas that can be played on cell phones . Jones, a nurse educator at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Read More...
Hope for a New Year; Americans Like NPs
January 2, 2009 2:39 PM by Jennifer Ford
Happy new year from ADVANCE ! We wish you the best in the coming year. And we also look forward to seeing continued success and growth for nurse practitioner practice. NPs may soon earn a better seat at the health care table, thanks to incoming Secretary Read More...


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