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The Nurse Practitioner "Sacred Cow"
June 25, 2010 3:07 PM by Jennifer Ford
AANP director of health policy Jan Towers, NP, addressed acrowd of several thousand yesterday at the 25th anniversary conference of AANP, with much to report on legislation that affectsNPs. After the session I caught up with Mona Counts, NP, who has served Read More...
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...
Video: Florida NP Rally
March 29, 2010 4:05 PM by Jennifer Ford
Local news media covered the Rally in Tally Wednesday, and the following video is an excellent view of how the rally's efforts tie in to the recent passage of the healthcare reform law. Senator Mike Bennett is quoted as saying that enacting a law to allow Read More...
300 Strong at Florida Rally
March 26, 2010 10:19 AM by Jennifer Ford
Just two days after the Rally at Tally, Jean Aertker, NP, of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, reported back to ADVANCE with some details from the "front lines." "It was very successful, and I hope you can send out a cheer to the 300 NPs who gathered 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...
Rally in Tally - Tomorrow!
March 23, 2010 9:18 AM by Jennifer Ford
Tomorrow's the day! The Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN; ) and about 250 NPs have packed their bags and are ready to head to Tallahassee to support legislation to help them provide full access to care for patients and reduce healthcare Read More...
Comparing Nurses’ Salaries to Physicians’
March 16, 2010 10:17 AM by Jill Rollet
A March 11 article posted to taunts readers with the provocative headline "Some nurses paid more than family doctors." The point of the article is that primary care physicians are "struggling to make ends meet" on their average annual base 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...
'Policy in Action' Summit in Washington, D.C.
March 1, 2010 4:19 PM by Jennifer Ford
Almost 100 nurse practitioners attended the American College of Nurse Practitioners' 2010 National Nurse Practitioner Summit & Leadership Conference in Wasington, D.C. this past weekend. I was there, too, and was excited to see how dedicated and passionate Read More...
Billboard Calls for Nurse Practitioner Awareness
February 10, 2010 3:59 PM by Jennifer Ford
The newly formed Florida Panhandle Nurse Practitioner Coalition (FPNPC) has put up a billboard that calls for NP awareness in the state. The billboard is posted on the eastbound lane of Interstate 10 at Ocesse Road in Jackson County, Fla. It shows two Read More...
Prescribing for Mail-Order Pharmacies
January 19, 2010 12:23 PM by Jennifer Ford
One area where there are still NP prescribing snags is in mail-order pharmacies. We reported a case in 2003 in Washington where NPs lobbied for out-of-state NPs to be included as prescribing providers for Washington state patients: Surprise Defeat for Read More...
Maine State Rep. - an NP - Introduces Bill
December 29, 2009 12:54 PM by Jennifer Ford
Anne Perry, NP, is a representative in the state government of Maine, and she has introduced legislation that will remove language referring to physician delegation of nurse practitioners in Maine. Maine NPs have had independent practice authority for Read More...
Tomorrow's Healthcare Vote
December 23, 2009 9:34 AM by Jennifer Ford
Tomorrow is the day the Senate votes on the bill for healthcare reform. Nurse practitioners have been speaking up in the media to voice their opinions about the bill. Local Arkansas TV station interviewed family NP Chantal Sumlin at the public Read More...
Nurse Practitioners Reach the Yukon!
December 21, 2009 2:12 PM by Jennifer Ford
NPs are about to reach the final frontier - of Canada, that is. On Friday, CBC News of Canada reported that within the next few months regulations should be in place allowing nurse practitioners to practice in the Yukon, the one remaining territory in Read More...
Florida NPs Speak Out
November 20, 2009 1:59 PM by Jennifer Ford
Florida's NPs have been fighting a long fight to win controlled substance prescriptive authority in the state. One roadblock is the proliferation of "pill mills" in Florida - clinics of ill repute where seemingly anyone can purchase prescription medications. Read More...


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