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Head of the Home
April 22, 2010 11:05 AM by Michelle Perron
The common and rousing thread in many sessions at last week's NAPNAP conference (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) was the call to action on healthcare reform, specifically the provisions for healthcare medical homes. The legislation Read More...
Pediatric NPs Set Record at NAPNAP Conference
April 16, 2010 9:31 AM by Michelle Perron
I'm here at the annual conference of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), where pediatric NPs have set a new record for conference attendance. About 1,500 pediatric NPs are here in Chicago to network, earn CE credits and Read More...
Now What?
March 24, 2010 12:07 PM by Michelle Perron
No matter what you think about the new healthcare reform package as a voter and taxpayer, one thing appears certain: It will be good for your profession. You might not see it tomorrow, or even at that 6-month benchmark when the first key elements of the Read More...
Virtual Mentor Misleads
March 12, 2010 12:00 PM by Michelle Perron
AMA Columnist Takes Bad Aim at NPs I'm glad that Stephen Ferrara, NP, took the bait. Ferrara is a family nurse practitioner in New York, and he writes a blog called "A Nurse Practitioner's View." Yesterday he posted his thoughtful commentary on a column Read More...
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...
Another Look at Mental Health
February 10, 2010 9:32 AM by Michelle Perron
The American Psychiatric Association is hard at work on an update to the authoritative reference known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . The new version (DSM-V) is scheduled to be published in May 2013, and the association Read More...
This Tongue Depressor Is For You
February 3, 2010 10:13 AM by Michelle Perron
"Before putting the tongue depressor in my mouth, she listened to every word that came out of it." So reads an expertly executed advertisement in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (page A9). What a great way to educate consumers about nurse practitioner care! Read More...
Are You Job Hunting?
January 20, 2010 5:00 PM by Michelle Perron
In addition to a full line of in-person job fairs, did you know that ADVANCE also offers virtual job fairs ? Employers in the eastern region will gather on Jan. 26, the central/mountain job fair takes place Jan. 27, and the Pacific region virtual job Read More...
Engage in Online Conversations About NPs
October 7, 2009 4:14 PM by Jennifer Ford
Friday's New York Times article about retail clinics titled " A Quick Trip to the Store for Milk and a Throat Swab " asked readers to comment on their Well Blog about retail healthcare and nurse practitioners. And they sure did. It's worth it to read Read More...
On the Scene at GAPNA
October 3, 2009 8:41 AM by Michelle Perron
The care of older adults is the overriding issue at this year's GAPNA conference of course, but members are also turning their attention to national practice issues that affect all NP specialties. Yesterday, Evelyn Duffy, NP, director of the adult and Read More...
Perspectives on NPs at CNN
July 30, 2009 8:02 AM by Jill Rollet
A couple weeks ago CNN asked readers who should fill the "doctor" shortage. Nine responses are now posted on -- two from NPs, three from physicians and one each from a med student, a PA, an EMT and a consumer. Everyone but the EMT address Read More...
NP Achievements Around the World
July 8, 2009 12:48 PM by Jill Rollet
If you're an NP who owns your own practice, be sure to enter the 2009 ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners NP Entrepreneur of the Year competition . Do it for Leah Hansen, perhaps the only nurse practitioner with her own practice in Australia. Because her Read More...
DNP More Expensive Than MD?
June 8, 2009 9:54 AM by Jill Rollet
When I think of how the economy is affecting NPs' decisions to pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree, two scenarios come immediately to mind: Someone who has recently lost a job might decide that now is the perfect time to go back to school. Alternatively, Read More...
Taking Swine Flu Into Your Own Hands
May 7, 2009 9:26 AM by Jill Rollet
This May 7 New York Times article reports on the wisdom -- or rather lack of wisdom -- of swine flu parties. Like chicken pox parties, the theory behind these events is to mingle healthy people with an infected person, thereby passing on a hopefully mild Read More...
AANP Video Promotes NPs
March 25, 2009 2:51 PM by Jill Rollet
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has produced a wonderful informational video promoting nurse practitioners -- and they released it first on Google and YouTube. Less than 24 hours after its release, the YouTube version had more than Read More...


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