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  • Are You Looking, Laid Off or Happy Where You Are?

    At the start of 2011, we published an article describing the job outlook for NPs and PAs this year. Based on our research and interviews with workforce experts, we crafted a headline for that article using the term ''changing landscape,'' and our cover image depicted an NP or PA partially protected by an umbrella. The expectation was that 2011 ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 21, 2011
  • Service Expansion in Retail Health

    Service expansion in retail health has created great concern for some members of the medical community. New service rollouts in retail health are not synonymous with new skill acquisition for nurse practitioners. Retail clinicians are highly trained nationally certified family nurse practitioners whose commendable evidence-based practice has been ...
    Posted to Real Life in Retail Health (Weblog) on June 23, 2009
  • Likes and Dislikes About the Job

    What I dislike about my job: (OK, folks, this topic was a suggestion from someone. So, if you happen to be my boss reading this, please understand I truly mean every word I say. Including the fact that I know I work for a great company that does its best to respond to what we need. And considering some of the things that could happen - ...
    Posted to Real Life in Retail Health (Weblog) on June 11, 2009
  • Retail Clinics: Location, Location, Location

    A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that retail health clinics gravitate toward more affluent neighborhoods. They could, therefore, not be serving the under- and uninsured or poorer populations that are in more need of healthcare. All this comes down to is profitability for the companies operating the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on May 28, 2009
  • Innovation in Convenient Care

    Presently the scope of practice in Retail Clinics is limited to minor acute illness. In the future there seem to be many areas of preventive care that the idea of convenient and lower priced would work well with. Blood pressures and offering other screening is used in marketing the idea of the retail clinic to the general public. It is just a ...
    Posted to Real Life in Retail Health (Weblog) on March 11, 2009
  • True Convenience

    As the cough, cold and influenza season begins the volume of patients swells in the retail health setting. For many patients this is their first experience using a retail clinic, but hopefully not their last. Unlike utilizing an urgent care, our clinics provide convenient care. I have seen many patients on their lunch break or just after work on ...
    Posted to Real Life in Retail Health (Weblog) on March 3, 2009
  • Everyday Cheapskate Is a Fan

      This morning's inbox featured a raving review of retail health clinics from Mary Hunt, the writer known as ''The Everyday Cheapskate.'' The headline for her e-newsletter today is ''You're Sick, They're Quick.'' In it, she recounts her son's recent visit to a Minute Clinic located within a CVS pharmacy. ''He walked in without an ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on February 10, 2009
  • Retail Health Will Expand in Scope

    It's official: When before there were just hints and hypotheticals, now retail health operators are openly confessing to plans for expanding services. In ''Retail Medical Clinics Are Poised to Play an Increasingly Important Role in Primary Care'' by, Dan Zacchei, a Take Care Health spokesperson, talks about the company's plan ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on February 5, 2009
  • Taking Charge of Retail Health

      Here at ADVANCE, we have been closely watching the convenience care revolution. The development of this business and practice model can be a great thing for nurse practitioners, but only if NPs take an active role in shaping it. At ACNP's clinical conference last month, 40 or so NPs attended a session on the retail health revolution. The ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on November 13, 2007
  • Retail Clinic Strategery

      Opening my Providence (Rhode Island) Journal this morning (OK, online), I saw yet another report on physician objections to retail or convenient care clinics. The same article, but with different names, has been showing up about once a week somewhere in the country for the past 3 years. The article always cites physician charges that ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on October 26, 2007