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  • First NP Job: Something to Celebrate

    On Monday, October 17, 2011, I started my NP job at the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department. Over the 5 days of my first week on the job, I rotated to all three HDs in the district and attended the October 17th grand opening of Martin County HD’s grant-funded satellite clinic in Oak City, North Carolina. I will be the sole primary ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on December 29, 2011
  • PA Is Lead Author on Congenital Heart Care Study in Pediatrics

    Former ADVANCE senior associate editor Terri Schaefer, who is now communications manager for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, let me know recently that Susan M. Fernandes, MHP, PA-C, a physician assistant in the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital in Boston, was the lead author of a study published recently in the journal ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on December 12, 2011
  • Proud to Partner With NADNP

    We are proud and excited to announce that ADVANCE for NPs & PAs is an official journal of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP). This organization formed in late June and already has more than 1,300 members. We have dedicated a section of our recently launched dermatology and aesthetics specialty site to NADNP, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on December 5, 2011
  • A Month Worth Reflection — And Action

    For the first time, health advocates have designated a specific month for national attention to pediatric obesity. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as we near its end I'd like to share what a few nurse practitioner students have done to call attention to it. Last weekend, three NP students from Samuel Merritt ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 21, 2010
  • NPs Calm Patients' Swine Flu Fears

    ''Congratulations, you have strep throat,'' said Teresa Long, during a visit with a patient worried he had swine flu. She saw him in a Take Care clinic after his repeated attempts to be seen at other clinics when he started to feel sick, according to ''Walk-In Clinics Cut Down on Worry Time'' on delawareonline.com, May 1. One of Take ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on May 4, 2009
  • Notable NPs

    In the news this week have been profiles on two NPs making a difference: Julie Marfell of Kentucky and Kathy Trotter of North Carolina. Marfell was awarded the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner of the Year award from AANP. She was highlighted in the Lexington Herald-Leader: ''2008 Kentucky nurse practitioner honored.'' Marfell is the chairwoman of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on July 31, 2008
  • Opportunity Lost

    The article starts out promising good PR for nurse practitioners: ''Peggy O'Donnell, a Lynbrook nurse practitioner, knows a thing or two about picking a good primary care physician.'' This is O'Donnell's opportunity to explain that an NP often can be your primary care provider — and even better, that there are studies that show that NP care is ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on May 1, 2008
  • NP Joins the National Health Care Debate

    Follow nurse practitioner Lois Wessel's lead and make national policy briefings your second job. Wessel wrote a touching and informative article for Tuesday's Washington Post, explaining her position at a mobile health clinic in Silver Spring, Md., and the barriers to care the U.S. health system throws up before her mostly immigrant patients. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on January 25, 2008
  • 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