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What Do Primary Care Providers Do All Day?
April 29, 2010 10:53 AM by Jill Rollet
A primary care practice of five physicians in Philadelphia set out to count all that "invisible" work that doesn't get reimbursed. With the help of their electronic health record, they counted phone calls, prescription refills, e-mail messages, and lab, 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...
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...
Reiki in the Hospital
March 24, 2010 11:25 AM by Jennifer Ford
Talk about holistic health - now nurses and nurse practitioners are providing Reiki treatments, a spiritual stress-relief and healing practice developed in Japan, in hospitals. " A healing energy? Now in hospitals, Reiki musters critics and fans ," an 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...
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...
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...
Nurse Practitioners Involved in Haiti Relief
January 18, 2010 4:36 PM by Jennifer Ford
As the news continues to pour in about the disastrous after-effects of the Haiti earthquake, we are proud and humbled by an increasing number of news stories about NPs and NP organizations getting involved in relief efforts. For one, there's Susan Walsh 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...
NP Testifies in Vermont Hearing About Drug Samples
October 28, 2009 8:32 AM by Jill Rollet
After banning the traditional free marketing lunches for healthcare providers offered by pharmaceutical reps, the state of Vermont is considering requiring pharma companies to report or even eliminate free drug samples. At a hearing held by the state's Read More...
Side by Side
October 22, 2009 12:59 PM by Michelle Perron
I attended the second annual Aesthetic Extender Symposium last weekend, and days later I am left with some distinct and positive impressions about much more than the aesthetics industry. First, some background. The symposium was cofounded by Krystie P. 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...
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...


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