The Waiting Room When a young friend overdoses

When a young friend overdoses

Experiencing the loss of a friend brings a new perspective to working in addiction medicine.

The Waiting Room Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

Some well-known sleep disorders are associated with headaches, including sleep apnea and parasomnias.

The Waiting Room Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

Counseling patients on the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam will help them realize the importance of following up with a gynecologist for an annual visit.

The Waiting Room The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

The Waiting Room The importance of sleep hygiene

The importance of sleep hygiene

Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.

The Waiting Room Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

The Waiting Room Is our makeup secretly hurting us?

Is our makeup secretly hurting us?

Using powder makeup containing talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

The Waiting Room Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

An FNP reflects on the lessons he has learned in practice throughout the year.

The Waiting Room Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Patients increase their chances of carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months.

The Waiting Room The importance of dreams

The importance of dreams

Dreaming may allow us to learn and process emotional issues while we sleep.

The Waiting Room Team-based medicine, freeway style

Team-based medicine, freeway style

Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.

The Waiting Room Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

The Waiting Room Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.

The Waiting Room Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

The Waiting Room Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.

The Waiting Room Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.

The Waiting Room Telecommunicating with patients

Telecommunicating with patients

Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

The Waiting Room Using caffeine to promote alertness

Using caffeine to promote alertness

If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.

The Waiting Room Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

The Waiting Room Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

The Waiting Room Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

The Waiting Room Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

The Waiting Room The risk of writing informal prescriptions

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

The Waiting Room Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.

The Waiting Room Implicit biases in the exam room

Implicit biases in the exam room

In the last few years, clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.

The Waiting Room How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

How long is long enough? Taking time off after an illness

Different illnesses require that patients stay home from school or work for different lengths of time.

The Waiting Room Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.

The Waiting Room Making appointments for emergency department visits

Making appointments for emergency department visits

As the volume of patients in emergency departments across the country rise, more EDs are experimenting with appointment reservation systems.

The Waiting Room Summertime blues

Summertime blues

Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.

The Waiting Room Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Helping patients save at the pharmacy

Clinicians can help patients by providing information on pharmacies that offer discounts, coupons, and affordable prescriptions.

The Waiting Room A true confession  or maybe not

A true confession – or maybe not

Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.

The Waiting Room Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

The Waiting Room OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.

The Waiting Room Overcrowding in the emergency department

Overcrowding in the emergency department

Emergency department clinicians are faced with a number of challenges as ED's become more crowded.

The Waiting Room Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal is linked to an increased likelihood of a patient using prescription sleep aids.

The Waiting Room Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

Door open or door closed? Drawing inspiration from patients in recovery

Patients facing addiction aren't from another planet - they're our parents, our siblings, our neighbors, and our friends.

The Waiting Room A bumpy transition into the role of an FNP

A bumpy transition into the role of an FNP

Sometimes, stepping into a new professional role takes longer than expected.

The Waiting Room Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

The sleep concerns of female patients are often diagnosed as depression rather than obstructive sleep apnea, leading to increased risks for certain diseases.

The Waiting Room Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.

The Waiting Room What in the world is Vasalgel?

What in the world is Vasalgel?

A form of male birth control called Vasalgel, which works by injecting a polymer gel into the vas deferens, is being developed in the United States.

The Waiting Room The bravery of people with dementia

The bravery of people with dementia

Facing dementia with strength and courage can inspire and comfort patients' families.

The Waiting Room Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Patients who are sedentary, obese, or smokers have an increased risk of developing restless leg syndrome.

The Waiting Room Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.

The Waiting Room Understanding age-related macular degeneration

Understanding age-related macular degeneration

Clinicians should be able to diagnose age-related macular degeneration and distinguish between dry and wet presentations.

The Waiting Room As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?

The Waiting Room Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Understanding the link between vitamin D deficiency and obstructive sleep apnea can be challenging.

The Waiting Room What changes are in store for PA recertification?

What changes are in store for PA recertification?

As the PA profession continues to grow, the NCCPA looks to the future with new recertification guidelines.

The Waiting Room Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Although people who sleepwalk may injure themselves, they often do not feel pain until they are awake.

The Waiting Room Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

Who calls the shots about a physician assistant title change?

The AAPA has again proposed calling physician assistants PAs despite pushback from the House of Delegates.

The Waiting Room How food can affect your sleep

How food can affect your sleep

A new study found that dietary intake of fiber, saturated fats, and carbohydrates can influence sleep quality.

The Waiting Room Recognizing victims of domestic violence

Recognizing victims of domestic violence

Clinicians should trust their intuition when a patient's injuries don't match up with their story.

The Waiting Room Understanding the Mallampati score

Understanding the Mallampati score

The Mallampati score is a simple, quick test that can be a good predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.

The Waiting Room Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

Impaired provider programs give clinicians a safe place to recover

For clinicians who struggle with substance abuse and other mental health problems, impaired provider programs offer a safe, supportive space where they can recover.

The Waiting Room The importance of clinician-patient confidentiality in the emergency department

The importance of clinician-patient confidentiality in the emergency department

When patients present with concerning behavior, an explanation of patient-provider confidentiality can help clinicians provide effective treatment more quickly.

The Waiting Room Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

A growing number of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

The Waiting Room Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

Wanted: Collaboration between the AAPA's gun control advocates and gun-savvy PAs

In the wake of mass shootings, the issue of gun control continues to divide the AAPA House of Delegates regarding the organization's policies.

The Waiting Room Holiday healing in the emergency department

Holiday healing in the emergency department

The patient flow may slow down during the holidays, but some people come to the emergency department for more than just physical reasons.

The Waiting Room The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Look for symptoms like headaches, daytime sleepiness, and forgetfulness when diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.

The Waiting Room The importance of proper names

The importance of proper names

Using the correct names for parts of the reproductive system can lead to better knowledge and care of the body.

The Waiting Room When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

In sleep studies, a partner's report of the patient's symptoms can be invaluable, but what if they're lying?

The Waiting Room When "you'll be fine," isn't fine

When "you'll be fine," isn't fine

Clinicians should communicate thoroughly with patients to ensure their injuries will heal properly based on their lifestyle.

The Waiting Room Motivational interviewing: helping the ambivalent patient make a change

Motivational interviewing: helping the ambivalent patient make a change

For patients who are reluctant to make changes, try motivational interviewing to help them set goals.

The Waiting Room When suicide becomes personal

When suicide becomes personal

Experiencing the grief of losing someone to suicide can bring a new perspective on the importance of suicide prevention resources.

The Waiting Room Debunking the dangers of pitocin

Debunking the dangers of pitocin

While many pregnant patients have reservations about pitocin, it has many benefits for labor when administered correctly.

The Waiting Room A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.

The Waiting Room Unexplained weight gain? Consider sleep-related eating disorders

Unexplained weight gain? Consider sleep-related eating disorders

For patients who are gaining weight seemingly without cause, consider sleep-related eating disorders for a diagnosis.

The Waiting Room Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

Tarrytown, my Tarrytown: a trip to the New York State Society of PAs conference

The NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. offered several panels addressing racial health disparities in a quaint location.

The Waiting Room For labor and delivery, what's in a title?

For labor and delivery, what's in a title?

Patients can be preoccupied with titles even when they do not correspond to more experience.

The Waiting Room Are immunization schedules negotiable?

Are immunization schedules negotiable?

Providers should consider both medical ethics and scientific evidence when parents want to delay the vaccine schedule for their child.

The Waiting Room How to prepare for the AANP exam

How to prepare for the AANP exam

A recent FNP graduate breaks down how he prepared to take (and pass) the AANP exam.

The Waiting Room Early pregnancy loss deserves empathy and sensitivity

Early pregnancy loss deserves empathy and sensitivity

After a couple experiences a miscarriage, their grief needs to be treated with sensitivity rather than dismissal.

The Waiting Room Reduce the risk of catching a cold by sleeping

Reduce the risk of catching a cold by sleeping

Getting more than 7 hours of sleep each night may reduce the risk of contracting the rhinovirus.

The Waiting Room After an accident, when do you need a new car seat?

After an accident, when do you need a new car seat?

Car seats must be replaced after moderate and severe car crashes, but often they do not need to be replaced after minor crashes.

The Waiting Room No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

No excuses: clinicians should never disrespect patients

Medical practitioners should always treat patients with respect, no matter how stressed or annoyed they are

The Waiting Room After the switch: adjusting to a new job

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

After working at the same place for a long time, adjusting to a new job can be difficult.

The Waiting Room Weight loss is important in improving daytime sleepiness

Weight loss is important in improving daytime sleepiness

If a patient is experiencing fatigue, consider exercise and weight loss to help decrease their symptoms.

The Waiting Room I welcome our galactic nursing overlord: A nurse responds to The View

I welcome our galactic nursing overlord: A nurse responds to The View

Nurses who have united over comments on The View should use this momentum as a catalyst for change.

The Waiting Room Skin checks in the emergency department

Skin checks in the emergency department

Performing skin checks during other procedures can identify abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked.

The Waiting Room Conquering the beast of NP boards

Conquering the beast of NP boards

Planning ahead can help reduce the anxiety that comes along with final exams and boards.

The Waiting Room Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

Honoring the pioneers of the PA profession

As the PA profession continues to grow, new PAs should honor the dedication of the pioneers who came before them.

The Waiting Room More sleep can help your waistline

More sleep can help your waistline

Encouraging patients to get more sleep each night may help them lose weight.

The Waiting Room Oxycontin for 11-year-olds? I'm okay with it

Oxycontin for 11-year-olds? I'm okay with it

The FDA approval of a pediatric indication for Oxycontin creates a safer situation for terminally ill children.

The Waiting Room Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels may benefit sleep and cardiovascular health in African-American patients.

The Waiting Room Is cheese the secret to heart health?

Is cheese the secret to heart health?

Cheese consumption may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

The Waiting Room Are smartphone apps helpful for sleep?

Are smartphone apps helpful for sleep?

The use of sleep apps is growing among patients, but the data they provide may not be reliable.

The Waiting Room Time to leave

Time to leave

When forced to re-evaluate your career, forewarned is forearmed.

The Waiting Room The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

The graduate's guide to PA and NP job offers

PAs and NPs often receive several job offers after graduation, but there is more to consider than just salary.

The Waiting Room Helping patients get enough sleep

Helping patients get enough sleep

Teaching patients to practice good sleep hygiene can help them get the correct amount of sleep.

The Waiting Room Reconciling birth plans with reality

Reconciling birth plans with reality

Patients who have birth plans should be prepared to make concessions to ensure the safety of their newborn.

The Waiting Room Should we amend our bias against overweight patients?

Should we amend our bias against overweight patients?

Clinicians should re-examine their bias against obese and overweight patients.

The Waiting Room Lyme disease: can 10 minutes make a difference?

Lyme disease: can 10 minutes make a difference?

Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.

The Waiting Room Is the powder in The Color Run safe?

Is the powder in The Color Run safe?

Themed races like The Tough Mudder and The Color Run are all over social media, but do they put participants at unnecessary risk?

The Waiting Room Is sleeping with a partner helpful or hurtful?

Is sleeping with a partner helpful or hurtful?

A study showed that sleep coregulation can occur in close, romantic relationships.

The Waiting Room When is a freckle just a freckle?

When is a freckle just a freckle?

Health care professionals, like patients, can often jump to the worst conclusions when making a diagnosis.

The Waiting Room What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

What's the difference between AAPA and MLA conferences?

Despite the differences in professional foci, the AAPA and MLA conferences have several similarities.

The Waiting Room Crisis brings out the best in health-care providers, staff

Crisis brings out the best in health-care providers, staff

The Amtrak crash in Philadelphia spotlighted the work of providers and hospital staff.

The Waiting Room Drills help providers prepare for emergency situations

Drills help providers prepare for emergency situations

Obstetric emergency drills are essential practice and preparation for every labor and delivery unit.

The Waiting Room How much sleep do we really need?

How much sleep do we really need?

Although an average of 8 hours is recommended, people may need to sleep more or less than that.

The Waiting Room Overcoming nocturnal leg cramps

Overcoming nocturnal leg cramps

Nocturnal leg cramps are a relatively common complaint, but there is little research on treatments.

The Waiting Room AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

AAPA House of Delegates will shift power upwards

At the AAPA House of Delegates meeting, expect resolutions to give more power to upper levels in the organization.

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