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  • Pain Patients

    My contact with pain patients was extensive during my residency in Aurora, North Carolina, a coastal town of about 400, with a patient population compromising of retirees, commercial fisherman and above-ground miners from a phosphate mine. I knew from that experience that even if I never found a job as an NP, I would not choose to do pain ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on September 6, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Leadership, Salary, Convenient Care

    In our recent Opinions & Essays article ''PAs: The Need Is Great, the Time Is Now,'' author Sharon Bahrych, PA-C, MPH, responded to reader Tina's concerns about choosing the correct career path. ''Yes, you are definitely not alone in your feelings at this stage of your career. Try to find a local NP group that meets once a month for CME, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on August 27, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – Convenient Care, Acute Care, Career Uncertainty

    Last week, retail clinics were a hot topic. On Twitter, we retweeted an article from @Health_Affairs: ''New Web First online now. Retail Clinic Use Growing Rapidly http://tinyurl.com/9e4jh9y  (Free access for two weeks).'' The article highlights the benefits of convenient care, such as longer hours. However, our article The Forked Tongue of ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on August 20, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – July 23, 2012

    Last week, New Grad NP blogger Samantha Damren posted the struggle she encounters working with multiple physicians: memorizing the preferences and practices of each. On Facebook, reader Amber said, ''20 in my emergency physician group ... can get frustrating!'' On our blog, more readers weighed in. Here are some of their ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 23, 2012
  • HIV Treatment

    I attended at cozy talk about HIV prevention and treatment earlier this year at the suggestion of my mentor. The expert presiding over the talk was a local expert in HIV management, thus it was an opportunity I did not care to miss. During the discussion he started to reference recent study data suggesting the use of antiretroviral ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on June 28, 2012
  • The Little Clinic That Could

    Life has really settled down a little over 5 months into my job at the Martin County Health Department and my little satellite clinic in Oak City. As mentioned in previous posts, the Oak City Clinic was renovated from a little firehouse by a $56,000 grant from the GoldenLeaf Foundation. There was little money for necessary accoutrements so ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on June 14, 2012
  • The Complex Importance of Patient Education

    Recently our group was consulted in the care of a patient newly diagnosed with HIV. This patient presented to the hospital via the ED with altered mental status. A lumbar puncture was performed and the cerebrospinal fluid was sent off to the microlab for cultures. About 48 hours later, it was positive for Cryptococcus. An HIV test ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on May 17, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – May 7, 2012

    This week, readers of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs let us know their opinions on many posts, comments and articles. On Facebook, our readers liked career development tips, the newest practices in skincare, NP certification information and the latest posts from our various bloggers. We also posted an article discussing the growing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on May 7, 2012
  • When Your Collaborating Physician Moves On

    I received some disappointing news last week. My collaborating physician is moving on. She was offered a great opportunity and she decided to take it. I was very upset by her news. I had blogged about her early on in my employment and I described her as the opposite of warm and fuzzy -- if she would have accepted an opportunity sooner I would not ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on May 7, 2012
  • HIV Testing

    It's just my opinion, but I think HIV tests are vastly under-utilized. Many patients whom I had the privilege of treating discovered they contracted HIV only after exhaustive and expensive tests were conducted to investigate their persistent flu-like symptoms, respiratory distress or an etiologically indistinct anemia. One patient in ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on April 26, 2012
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