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  • Let 2017 be the Year of the Mouth

    In 2014, Shirley Gutkowski wrote an article entitled ''The Biggest Wound: Oral Health in Long-Term Care Residents.'' Her article outlined how oral care is not being done in care settings across the nation. Her call to action was to not only understand the impact that poor oral care has on health, but also rethink the approach of oral care in ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on January 16, 2017
  • The Flu is Coming

    It's that time of year again when the flu season will be among us. As nurses working in a healthcare facility—whether it be in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, schools, or ambulatory day surgeries—we need to be more diligent in preventing the spread of germs. The flu season varies quite a bit from year to year. Some years, ...
  • Nurse, Heal Thy Physical Self and the Skin You’re In

    She was one of those nurses that you always wanted to be like when you grew up to be a nurse. She initiatively knew what her patients needed, was compassionate, vigilant, and when she called a doctor—they came running. No questions asked. She was a teacher to the novice, a leader for the unit, and voted Nurse of the Year. As I worked ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on October 11, 2016
  • Warning Signs of Melanoma

    By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP Melanoma is the most lethal of all the skin cancers. It is estimated that melanoma kills 10,130 people annually in the United States. Many of these deaths could be easily prevented with proper screening and catching the cancers in their infancy. These skin cancers are highly survivable if found early—before they are ...
    Posted to Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP (Weblog) on October 3, 2016
  • A Nurse’s Guide to Breast Cancer

    In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have put together a guide for nurses on the latest breast cancer information. Statistics Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (second only to lung cancer). In the US, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, while 1 in 36 women may die from the ...
    Posted to Guarding the Nursing Profession (Weblog) on September 26, 2016
  • Scaly Skin: Home Therapies

    By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP Last month we discussed Seborrheic keratosis (SK)-those rough growths that develop on the skin of people who are becoming more mature. In-office treatments were reviewed, and now this month we will evaluate some home remedies that will help with these irritating growths. The best treatment is alpha hydroxy acid ...
    Posted to Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP (Weblog) on September 2, 2016
  • Ready or Not, Zika Has Arrived

    We may have believed we had more time to prepare. Health officials and Congress had discussed allocating funds for research and planning, but Zika seemed so far away. The Presidential election, the Olympics, gun control, a sudden surge in violence, even the summer's hottest heat wave on record... all seemed of a greater urgency than a poorly ...
    Posted to The Nurse Card (Weblog) on August 10, 2016
  • Understanding Scaly Skin

    By Darrel Arthurs, ARNP, DCNP Over the years, I have seen many people in the office asking about crusty Seborrheic keratosis (SK). These scaly, popular, bumpy growths occur on most people who are middle-aged or older. They are odd looking, with varying colors and configurations. Scale can come off them, and they frequently catch on clothing and ...
    Posted to Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP (Weblog) on August 5, 2016
  • Organ Health – Brain, Lungs and Heart Hit the Charts, but What About Skin?

    Imagine having this conversation with someone you are caring for, ''Let me talk with you about keeping your skin healthy. It is just as important as your brain, lungs and your heart.''  Unfortunately, it's not common nursing practice I've witnessed very often across the nation.  Skin in many ways is the forgotten organ of the body.  ...
    Posted to On Call: Leadership in Nursing (Weblog) on April 19, 2016
  • The Health of the Community

    ''Epidemiology'' and ''Health Indices of Urban Populations'': these are the names of the two courses I am taking this semester. At first, I thought, What does this have to do with being an DNP? I am learning that it has a lot to do with being a DNP. You need to know what is happening in the health of the community around you so that you can be ...
    Posted to DNP Discussions (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
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