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AANP 2017: Teaching strategies to enhance intergenerational learning

AANP 2017: Teaching strategies to enhance intergenerational learning

Understanding the different attitudes and skills that different generations and professions bring to relationships can increase working confidence and self-efficacy.

AANP 2017: NPs better able to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with greater exposure as students

AANP 2017: NPs better able to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with greater exposure as students

Diagnostic and treatment competency levels in mental health disorders improved with increased educational time on these conditions.

AANP 2017: Revolutionizing health care

AANP 2017: Revolutionizing health care

The AANP 2017 National Conference will be held from June 20 through June 25 in Philadelphia.

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

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.

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

The VA ruled to grant veterans direct access to advanced practice registered nurses who work in the VA healthcare system.

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

Ensuring successful integration of nurse practitioners into intensive care units includes orientation programs and leadership teams.

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Nurse practitioners make history with the first FAA-approved drone delivery of medications in the United States.

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

The AANP celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week from November 13-19, 2016.

Recertifying from inactive status

Recertifying from inactive status

For the APN who is recertifying, it is important to establish relationships with other APNs at the local and national level.

NPs provide essential health care in underserved populations

NPs provide essential health care in underserved populations

NPs provide high-quality health care to underserved and uninsured populations throughout the United States.

AANP supports bill for full practice authority for NPs in veterans health care

AANP supports bill for full practice authority for NPs in veterans health care

The AANP held a press conference to support a bill that would grant full practice authority to all NPs within the Veterans Administration healthcare system.

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.

AANP 2016: A patient-centered mission for NPs

AANP 2016: A patient-centered mission for NPs

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2016 National Conference takes place in San Antonio from June 21 through June 26.

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.

What our words say about ourselves

What our words say about ourselves

The words that we use and how we use them ultimately reflect what we think of ourselves.

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

Florida bill poised to grant NPs, PAs controlled substance prescribing authority

If signed, the bill would authorize Florida NPs and PAs to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances.

No thanks, on full practice authority

No thanks, on full practice authority

A clinician weighs in on the potential harms of full practice authority for Nurse Practitioners.

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

Comparing COPD outcomes for patients treated by NPs/PAs versus physicians

Some variance is observed in outcomes for patients with COPD who are treated by NPs or PAs versus those treated by physicians.

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

Patients with RA display lower disease activity at NP, PA-staffed practices

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are treated at practices with NPs and PAs exhibited lower disease activity over 2 years.

As the NP profession continues to grow, legal barriers to full practice authority remain

As the NP profession continues to grow, legal barriers to full practice authority remain

Throughout the United States, nurse practitioners are still prevented from exercising their full practice authority - leading to increased frustration as the primary care shortage grows.

50 years of the nurse practitioner profession

50 years of the nurse practitioner profession

As the NP profession celebrates 50 years, take a look back at where the profession started and how far it has come.

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.

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.

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 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.

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

How to vet mobile health apps for use in practice

Health care providers can use the acronym SPPACES to determine what apps are the best for their clinical practice.

In-office health clinic saves money, improves employee satisfaction

In-office health clinic saves money, improves employee satisfaction

A family health clinic implemented for employees of a orthopedic specialty practice offered solution to care barriers and reduced healthcare costs.

Nurse-practitioner led preoperative care reduced surgery cancellation

Nurse-practitioner led preoperative care reduced surgery cancellation

Offering preoperative testing and evaluations in one convenient location can significantly reduce surgical cancellation rates.

Seven tips to be a more effective healthcare provider

Seven tips to be a more effective healthcare provider

Developing these characteristics will help clinicians become better providers and leaders.

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

Why pursue a doctorate of nursing practice?

A doctorate of nursing practice degree provides leadership and research-based clinical practice experience.

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANPP, pioneer of the nurse practitioner profession, calls on NPs to innovate, invest, and invent.

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

The Frontlines for Lifelines Act, S 297, would allow more than 4,000 nurse practitioners practicing in Veteran Affairs facilities full-practice authority.

Primary care must become 'one-stop shop' for health needs

Primary care must become 'one-stop shop' for health needs

Practitioners must innovate to ensure primary care practices stay relevant as alternative health settings emerge.

NPs important leaders for evidence-based practice, improving patient outcomes

NPs important leaders for evidence-based practice, improving patient outcomes

Practice improvement projects not only benefit the bottom line, they contribute to employee satisfaction and staff retainment.

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

New and experienced nurse practitioners alike have opportunities to advocate for better policies at the federal, state, and federal level.

Demand for nurse practitioners growing in pediatric acute-care settings

Demand for nurse practitioners growing in pediatric acute-care settings

More efforts are needed to develop leadership and infrastructure to support acute-care nurse practitioners.

Nurse practitioners important health, wellness role models

Nurse practitioners important health, wellness role models

Evidence-based interventions needed to create wellness cultures and encourage healthy behavior change in NPs.

Rethinking the traditional preceptor-student relationship

Rethinking the traditional preceptor-student relationship

A new pilot program that leverages the community and technology may help ease the preceptor shortage problem.

Job search techniques for new and seasoned nurse practitioners

Job search techniques for new and seasoned nurse practitioners

Self-assessments, behavioral interview preparation, and networking are just three techniques that can be used in search strategy that yields benefits NPs on the hunt for their next job.

As the NP profession turns 50, 
full practice authority is a priority

As the NP profession turns 50, 
full practice authority is a priority

Nurse practitioners continue to fight for full practice authority in all 50 states.

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Top 5 primary care physician assistant, nurse practitioner procedures

Elucidating most commonly performed clinical procedures can better inform education and training.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners cite obstacles to achieving academic rank

Strategies needed to make academic rank more attainable for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Recognizing the importance of practitioners' paperwork

Recognizing the importance of practitioners' paperwork

Practitioners must commit to completing their non-clinical office tasks in timely and accurate ways.

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

Governor Hogan signed the bill (HB 999/SB 723) into law on May 12, making Maryland the 21st full-practice authority state in the United States.

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Ruling out a physiological reason for symptoms is a good starting point for NPs and PAs caring for patients with a new psychiatric disorder.

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

What providers need to know about the Apple Watch

Some companies and organizations see the potential of the Apple Watch as a useful device for clinicians in communication with patients and colleagues, plus quick access to patient records.

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Inequality kills — but what can providers do about it?

Medical education has failed to address the social causes that may interfere with patients' health.

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

What I learned during my pediatrics rotation

Working in pediatrics takes good communication and negotiation skills - as well as some hand sanitizer and tissues to ward off the extra germs.

Fatal error in admission orders leads to lawsuit

Fatal error in admission orders leads to lawsuit

A clinician is sued despite catching an overprescribed medication in a patient's admission orders.

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

Nightingale Tribute: Honoring departed nurses

The Nightingale Tribute is yet another inspiring component of the rich nursing traditions that physician assistants can learn from.

Connecting studying to practice: all of these exam names will come in use, some day

Connecting studying to practice: all of these exam names will come in use, some day

The satisfaction that you experience the first time you recognize one of the signs in practice is exciting and provides a since of accomplishment and validation of all the skills you learned.

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

One clinician misdiagnoses an adverse effect of a drug prescribed by another.

Walking the fine line between school and real-life clinical practice

Walking the fine line between school and real-life clinical practice

The balance between clinical practice and educational training is one of the toughest parts of the job.

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

Cancer prehabilitation: moving from primary care to oncology

NPs and PAs involved with oncology teams should support multimodal prehabilitation for cancer patients to help ease the transition to oncology.

Preparing for a new semester in a nurse practitioner program

Preparing for a new semester in a nurse practitioner program

Making flash cards, taking notes, and being flexible are just three ways to keep on top of your studies.

Tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program

Tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program

Budgeting your time, working collaboratively with your peers, and investing in technology are just three tips for surviving a nurse practitioner program.

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Full practice nurse practitioners linked to improved health outcomes

Despite a predicted shortage of primary-care providers, some states do not allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training.

The life of a nurse practitioner student, or 'What have I done?'

The life of a nurse practitioner student, or 'What have I done?'

The key to being successful in a nurse practitioner program is having a schedule, sticking to it and then being able to adapt and reschedule everything when you get off schedule.

What keeps clinicians motivated?

What keeps clinicians motivated?

In order to stay motivated and avoid burnout, some clinicians find inspiration in their patients.

Keep phone use in check in the exam room

Keep phone use in check in the exam room

Health-care providers may be using their phones too much during patient visits, causing aggravation and reducing provider-patient time.

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Clinical officers meet Rwanda's health needs after genocide

Emmy Bushaija, a clinical officer educator, is training the next generation of health-care providers in Rwanda.

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era

Recommitting to universal precautions in the Ebola era


Reviewing precautions for blood and body fluids will help protect both healthcare workers and the public.

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Try these five tips for avoiding burnout

Prevention of burnout is the key to avoiding its harmful consequences.

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter feeds every NP/PA should follow

Twitter can help NPs and PAs stay up-to-date on the latest news, policies, and research in their fields.

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

A visual check of a 
student was deemed 
an "unreasonable 
search" under the 
Fourth Amendment.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

PainWeek 2014 featured its first ever PA- and NP- centered tracks, which included talks on pain management and medical errors.

Clinical associates bridge health disparities in South Africa

Clinical associates bridge health disparities in South Africa

American physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs could benefit from hands-on learning style of their South African counterparts. Shabalala Ayanda a clinical associate student at Walter Sisulu University discusses her experiences.

What I didn't know about becoming a midwife

What I didn't know about becoming a midwife

Transitioning from a labor and delivery nurse to a midwife comes with many new responsibilities, including working with other providers who may question clinical decisions.

Are PAs and NPs undergoing enough dermatologic training?

Are PAs and NPs undergoing enough dermatologic training?

NPs and PAs are independently performing 2.6 million dermatologic procedures in the United States.

Following your instincts

Following your instincts

An NP and her patient "knew something was wrong" and pursued an MRA that detected cancer.

NPs, PAs fill gaps in rheumatology care

NPs, PAs fill gaps in rheumatology care

An increasing number of rheumatology NPs, PAs could enhance access to care.

IOM: GME funding system needs an overhaul

IOM: GME funding system needs an overhaul

Medicare should continue to support graduate medical education, contingent on value.

Delayed retirement has slowed predicted nursing shortage

Delayed retirement has slowed predicted nursing shortage

The economic recession and the influx of new nursing students has slowed the predicted nursing shortage in the United States.

Diagnosing liver cancer

Diagnosing liver cancer

After an elevated liver enzyme report, a practitioner order a CT that confirmed liver cancer.

Providing health services to the homeless

Providing health services to the homeless

Gaining the trust of a tough patient motivates this clinician to continue providing health care to Chicago's homeless.

Having a survivorship plan aids NP-provided cancer care

Having a survivorship plan aids NP-provided cancer care

Coordinating with a cancer survivor's oncology team and understanding the survivorship plan can help ease care transitions.

NP-led acute care teams improve inpatient care

NP-led acute care teams improve inpatient care

Better care coordination may help reduce patient complications and length of stay.

Culture shift critical to achieving evidence-based practice

Culture shift critical to achieving evidence-based practice

Mentors, infrastructure and reward system are essential components in successfully transitioning existing health care models to evidence-based practice.

How to negotiate a fair NP contract

How to negotiate a fair NP contract

Prepare, probe and propose when discussing terms of employment.

NPs expand access to care, educate patients

NPs expand access to care, educate patients

Federal and state legislation aimed at boosting primary care infrastructure is aiding nurse practitioner progress.

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Where's the best place to be a nurse?

Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice.

PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

Advanced practice practitioners covered the majority of direct, first-line care at four Seattle facilities.

ANA: 1.1M more U.S. nurses needed

ANA: 1.1M more U.S. nurses needed

National Nurses Week spotlights accomplishments of registered nurses and nurse practitioners, but warns of a U.S. nursing shortage.

Cardiac surgery NP program may reduce readmission rates

Cardiac surgery NP program may reduce readmission rates

A new study suggests that a transitional care program involving cardiac surgery NPs reduces readmission for discharged coronary artery bypass graft patients.

Nebraska governor vetoed bill for NP autonomy

Nebraska governor vetoed bill for NP autonomy

LB 916 would have eliminated the legal requirement that NPs sign a practice agreement with a doctor.

Are PAs and NPs doing enough research?

Are PAs and NPs doing enough research?

A teen recently developed an innovative cancer detection tool in his basement. Should we be doing more to improve disease prevention and diagnosis?

Diabetes care best in teams with NPs, PAs

Diabetes care best in teams with NPs, PAs

Patient population, practice goals important to consider when defining nurse practitioner and physician assistant roles in primary care teams.

Nurse navigators benefit cancer patients

Nurse navigators benefit cancer patients

Nurse navigators help patients with cancer to feel more informed, more supported and better prepared for the future.

Family doc finds PAs, NPs increase revenue

Family doc finds PAs, NPs increase revenue

Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of physician assistant, nurse practitioner employees.

Job satisfaction high among nurse practitioners

Job satisfaction high among nurse practitioners

Ninety-nine percent are positive and optimistic about the future, but 81% feel overworked.

More NPs, PAs choosing subspecialty practice

More NPs, PAs choosing subspecialty practice

Just under half of physician assistants and slightly more than half of nurse practitioners choose to work in primary care.

Learning from the new hire

Learning from the new hire

The many demands and stressors of practicing medicine can be draining. A new practitioner can remind you why you chose your career.

ANA: Require in-network nurses for health exchanges

ANA: Require in-network nurses for health exchanges

A new rule proposes insurers wishing to qualify for health insurance exchanges should be required to include a minimum number of APRNs in their network.

Retail medicine: A final sale?

Retail medicine: A final sale?

On the surface, the emergence of so-called "retail medicine" fills a niche. In reality, the concept may be more controversial.

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

How to gain research experience as a new faculty member

New NP/PA faculty members should reach out to different departments for research experience and develop relationships with other professors.

NPs lag behind other stakeholders on policy advocacy

NPs lag behind other stakeholders on policy advocacy

The AANP's vice president of state government affairs offers tips for making sure your voice is heard in Congress.

Physician oversight hinders NP scope of practice

Physician oversight hinders NP scope of practice

Unnecessary regulatory oversight unfairly limits NP scope of practice and may jeopardize patient safety and health outcomes.

Cardiology NP honored with LifeChanger Award

Cardiology NP honored with LifeChanger Award

AANP and the Health Monitor Network recognize Christine L. Nell-Dybdahl, NP-C, MPH, MSN, of the Emory Center for Heart Disease and Prevention.

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