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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...
NPs Can Cure Healthcare, Too
July 29, 2009 9:18 AM by Jennifer Ford
A recent blog post on The Health Care Blog was titled, " Patient, Heal Thyself ." Don Kemper, CEO of Healthwise, writes about how empowering patients to manage their own health will help to save the healthcare system in this country: If you want a better Read More...
Nurse Practitioner Who Treated Michael Jackson Speaks in His Defense
July 1, 2009 1:09 PM by Jennifer Ford
The media has been bombarding us with news about Michael Jackson's death, which hasn't been noteworthy for our blog until today, when California nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee spoke up in defense of Michael Jackson, who Lee says sought sedatives from 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...
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...
Sleep. It's Good Medicine!
January 13, 2009 11:30 AM by Michelle Perron
It seems that study after study is demonstrating the value of a good night’s sleep. The most recent one was published in the Jan. 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported widely in media outlets today. Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor Read More...
The Public Asks for NPs by Name
January 7, 2009 3:27 PM by Jennifer Ford
In the throes of this presidential transition, everyone's talking about health care. And peppered throughout the discussion is the repeated request for more nurse practitioners, and more scope for NPs. I recently blogged about Val Jones, who writes the Read More...
NP Creates Safe-Sex Soap Operas for Cell Phones
January 5, 2009 1:55 PM by Jennifer Ford
Are you looking for a creative way to communicate safe sex practices to patients? Nurse practitioner Rachel Jones has created a new one: safe-sex soap operas that can be played on cell phones . Jones, a nurse educator at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Read More...
Manage Stress - For Yourself and Your Patients
December 17, 2008 2:05 PM by Jennifer Ford
NPs are just as susceptible to stress as anyone, but keeping your stress levels in check can help patients manage their stress, too, according to's " Patients and RNs Face Unprecedented Stress ." The article notes activities and tips to reduce Read More...
NP Promotes Awareness on World AIDS Day
December 2, 2008 9:17 AM by Jennifer Ford
At her clinic on World AIDS Day yesterday, NP Marcie Bordelon provided HIV testing for $5. The health department where she works usually charges $15. See a video about this NP doing what NPs do best - educating and listening to patients - by visiting Read More...
Patient Awareness of NP Role
September 25, 2008 1:44 PM by Jennifer Ford
"You may not know it, but the person you see at the doctor's office may be a nurse practitioner and not a physician," reads the opening line of an article in Rochester, Minn.'s news channel web site ("Nurse practitioners help patients more often" - Read More...
NP's Book Tackles Obesity
September 18, 2008 4:11 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here is a quick kudos to an NP using her experience as a patient educator to reach out via the written word: Nurse practitioner Teresa Blanc of Kansas has written a book about lifestyle changes to combat obesity. The book, Beat Obesity: You Can if You Read More...
Talking to Reporters
August 11, 2008 7:56 AM by Jill Rollet
A nice article about nurse practitioners showed up in the New York City edition of yesterday's New York Times . Although titled " Yes, the P.A. Will See You Now ," the article looks at both physician assistant and NP roles, and it does a good job covering Read More...
Poll: Millions Believe Health Records Lost, Stolen
August 5, 2008 2:51 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to a recent Harris Interactive poll titled " Millions Believe Personal Medical Information Has Been Lost or Stolen ," four percent of respondents believed they or a family member had had their medical records lost or stolen. As a percentage Read More...
Many Still Question DNP at AANP Conference
June 29, 2008 8:07 AM by Jennifer Ford
Jan Towers, director of health policy for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, led a session on the doctorate of nursing practice degree. She noted that far fewer NPs were in attendance to the session at this year's conference. "That's a good Read More...


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