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February 2009 - Posts


Health Care Is 'A Twitter'
February 27, 2009 8:50 AM by Michelle Perron
I recently read an article about surgeons using Twitter to send updates during surgery. You've probably been reading about Twitter as well. Have you thought about how you can use this little tool in practice? Check out this interesting blog post detailing Read More...
Strike While the Iron's Hot
February 24, 2009 10:54 AM by Jennifer Ford
The American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) held its annual leadership summit this past weekend in Washington, DC. Attendees visited Capitol Hill and discussed legislative issues affecting NPs. I was able to attend a day of sessions and get the Read More...
Texas Needs Independent NPs!
February 19, 2009 2:53 PM by Jennifer Ford
An editorialist on wrote a column that pleads with the Texas Legislature to give independence to NPs so that the retail health industry can expand freely in the state. In " Texas Needs More Retail Health Clinics " David Hendricks notes Read More...
Stimulus Bill Gives Money to NPs
February 19, 2009 1:10 PM by Jennifer Ford
President Barack Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package into law on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Obama has proven that he values the nursing profession by allocating funds that will help NPs provide high quality and affordable health care across the country. Read More...
NPs Get Their Own Designation
February 18, 2009 11:25 AM by Jennifer Ford
The Office of Management and Budget announced its final 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) rulemaking in January. In the final document, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists are given separate designations from “registered Read More...
Wise Commands for Unsteady Times
February 16, 2009 9:51 AM by Michelle Perron
Here is some advice I found helpful this morning as I greeted another Monday morning full of bad economic news and gas prices at $2 again. This set of "commandments" is attributed to Elodie Armstrong, a writer who had multiple sclerosis. She penned them Read More...
Video Good Choice for Patient Education
February 13, 2009 9:20 AM by Jill Rollet
I saw this great patient education video about lost tampons on a blog called Doc Gurley, Posts From an Insane Healthcare System . The blogger appears in the video giving humorous, yet expert, advice about how a tampon can get "lost" and what to do about Read More...
Take Fifty, Not Thirty
February 11, 2009 1:07 PM by Michelle Perron
Because I am a fitness instructor in my "private" life, news about exercise recommendations always interests me. Today, Reuters news service posted a glimpse of new recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Forget those 30-minute Read More...
Franchising Opportunity for NPs
February 11, 2009 9:16 AM by Jennifer Ford
Roadside Medical Clinic + Labs provides retail health care to drivers in the trucking industry, including DOT physicals, wellness programs, sleep apnea studies, and nutritional products in Pilot Travel Center locations. Pilot is the largest operator of Read More...
PA Says DNPs Shouldn’t Be Called "Doctor"
February 10, 2009 2:03 PM by Jennifer Ford
Blogger Physasst writes a blog about the PA profession, "Are You a Doctor??" and yesterday wrote a post called " DNP title... " in which he states that NPs have "gone off the deep end" by pursuing the DNP. He also comments on the use of the title "doctor" Read More...
Everyday Cheapskate Is a Fan
February 10, 2009 8:32 AM by Michelle Perron
This morning's inbox featured a raving review of retail health clinics from Mary Hunt, the writer known as "The Everyday Cheapskate." The headline for her e-newsletter today is "You're Sick, They're Quick." In it, she recounts her son's recent visit to Read More...
Retail Health Will Expand in Scope
February 5, 2009 11:46 AM by Jennifer Ford
It's official: When before there were just hints and hypotheticals, now retail health operators are openly confessing to plans for expanding services. In " Retail Medical Clinics Are Poised to Play an Increasingly Important Role in Primary Care " by, Read More...
Flurry of Media on NP-Led Clinics
February 4, 2009 10:26 AM by Jennifer Ford
Recently I've seen a lot of news about NP-staffed and NP-led clinics and programs. If you're interested in seeing what your fellow NPs have been up to, read the following articles: AeroClinic Opens Site at Philadelphia Airport Breast Cancer Survivorship Read More...
Health Care Economist on Retail Health
February 4, 2009 10:14 AM by Jennifer Ford
The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial services company, interviewed James Madison University political economy professor Uwe E. Reinhardt about health care in " The Biggest Idea in Health Care ." Reinhardt comments on how health care fits in to the Read More...
Ariz. Pharmacists Fight for Right to Immunize
February 3, 2009 9:50 AM by Jennifer Ford
Arizona pharmacists say they should be allowed by law to provide immunizations. Arizona physicians say they shouldn't. As reported in " Doctor-Pharmacist Turf War Erupts " by Phoenix's East Valley Tribune, HB 2164 would allow pharmacists to administer Read More...
Reducing Weight Bias in Health Care
February 2, 2009 11:49 AM by Jennifer Ford
Yale University created a video that it posted on YouTube titled " Weight Bias in Health Care ," which provides useful information for providers to keep in mind when treating overweight and obese patients. According to the video, the prevalence of weight Read More...


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