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An Undesirable Top 10 List
February 22, 2010 9:45 AM by Michelle Perron
While watching the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, my joy over the Saints’ final touchdown was dashed by a phone call. The facts were cloudy but heart wrenching: My son’s 12-year-old friend was in the hospital, apparently near death, as a result of two seizures Read More...
H1N1 and Nonchalance in the Young
October 21, 2009 12:47 PM by Jennifer Ford
Have you noticed nonchalance about seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines in young adults? The way that H1N1 is affecting those under 25, and the way that patients in that age group seem to treat their own health, could pose a big challenge to NPs trying to keep Read More...
NP Reactions to Swine Flu
May 29, 2009 2:24 PM by Jennifer Ford
Drug Store News conducted a survey of pharmacists and retail healthcare providers and found that almost 86% of retail clinic providers found patients asking more about swine flu since the media started covering it. Visit on Monday Read More...
NPs Calm Patients' Swine Flu Fears
May 4, 2009 9:58 AM by Jennifer Ford
"Congratulations, you have strep throat," said Teresa Long, during a visit with a patient worried he had swine flu. She saw him in a Take Care clinic after his repeated attempts to be seen at other clinics when he started to feel sick, according to " Read More...
Retail Healthcare NPs Prep to Educate About Swine Flu
April 30, 2009 9:54 AM by Jennifer Ford
The Convenient Care Association and retail healthcare operators including Take Care and MinuteClinic released statements today that detail their plans to educate patients about the swine flu. A huge influx of patients is asking for preventive medicines Read More...
Video Calls for Prescribing Rights for Florida NPs
April 9, 2009 3:01 PM by Jennifer Ford
Florida nurse practitioners are stepping to the plate to work toward controlled substance prescribing rights. This year is the 15th year that NP groups have worked to pass this legislation. The Florida Legislature will soon consider SB 426 and HB 1259, 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...
Notable NPs
July 31, 2008 3:08 PM by Jennifer Ford
In the news this week have been profiles on two NPs making a difference: Julie Marfell of Kentucky and Kathy Trotter of North Carolina. Marfell was awarded the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner of the Year award from AANP. She was highlighted in the Lexington 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...
Health Fair Screening Pays Off
March 5, 2008 8:37 AM by Jill Rollet
Yesterday morning my spouse's high school friend, John, had prostate cancer. By afternoon he didn't — at least we hope the prostatectomy did the trick. John found out he might have something to worry about when he got his PSA level checked last fall at Read More...
Survey: Women Unaware of HPV Test
February 20, 2008 4:42 PM by Jennifer Ford
The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) conducted an online survey of 1,000 women ages 20 and older, and found that women don't know about the HPV test, which can be vital to detection of the virus and prevention of cervical Read More...
NP Joins the National Health Care Debate
January 25, 2008 8:29 AM by Jill Rollet
Follow nurse practitioner Lois Wessel's lead and make national policy briefings your second job. Wessel wrote a touching and informative article for Tuesday's Washington Post, explaining her position at a mobile health clinic in Silver Spring, Md., and Read More...
Study: NPs Provide Better Diabetes Care
January 22, 2008 8:10 AM by Jill Rollet
That's right — better care than physicians and better care than physician assistants (PAs), according to a study just published in the Annals of Family Medicine (Ohman-Strickland PA, et al. Quality of Diabetes Care in Family Medicine Practices: Influence Read More...
The Most Effective Exercise Program
December 3, 2007 9:08 AM by Michelle Perron
Outside my work life at ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners , I have a "recent onset" second career as a group fitness instructor. I teach diverse exercise formats, and I am passionate about each of them — Pilates for its attention to core strength and mind-body Read More...
Why Can’t We Quit?
November 15, 2007 9:09 AM by Jill Rollet
Have you all been watching AMC's Mad Men , the TV series about a Madison Avenue advertising firm in 1960? The premise explores the lofty question of how we create truth — and sell falsehood. We follow the power of sex, ethnicity and money through each Read More...


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