For the APN who is recertifying, it is important to establish relationships with other APNs at the local and national level.
The words that we use and how we use them ultimately reflect what we think of ourselves.
Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.
In a patient-centric model of care, the effort focuses on the patient's wishes.
The new ICD-10 coding system may seem inappropriate for some disease models, but asthma care may benefit from the required changes.
Federal law does not allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opiate use disorder.
Even if the flu shot "misses," as it did last year, it remains one of the best tools we have to help our patients live healthier lives.
Basal insulin, with or without nutritional correction, is the best approach to manage blood glucose in noncritically ill surgical patients.
Caregivers experience serious chronic health conditions at nearly twice the rate of those who are not caregivers.
Providers need to address the overuse of prescription narcotics in the emergency room.
Encourage patients to determine the validity of outside sources for medical advice.
Primary care providers and physicians should address advanced care planning with their patients.
Whether to prescribe psychotropic medications in children with anxiety and sleep disorders is a common ethical dilemma faced by primary care providers.
Clinicians should inform parents about the safety of vaccines to encourage them to vaccinate their children.
Becoming a parent can provide a new perspective for health care providers working in pediatrics.
Addressing and overcoming barriers would increase the use of preventive health services and decrease mortality rates for the African American community.
Primary-care providers should try to ease pediatric patients' anxiety about needles by preparing them for what to expect.
Head lice cases peak in September and January in schools, and treatment can be difficult.
Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.
Prevention of burnout is the key to avoiding its harmful consequences.
The first step in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease is for health-care professionals to get a full understanding of a patient's risk.
The Grain Foods Foundation explores popular carbohydrate-related myths and assumptions patients with diabetes have likely encountered.
Females are more likely to have suicide attempts; males are more likely to have completed suicides.
Help patients direct their energy into positive behaviors to manage their diabetes.
Clinicians should carve out self-reflection time, even if it starts with just 5 minutes a day of pure silence.
Begin to impart asthma information to young patients and/or their caregivers as early as possible.
Health practitioners need to be prepared, and help prepare patients for end-of-life discussions.
Clinicians are seeing more boys with eating disorders and/or complications related to inappropriate diets, supplement use and steroid use.
How should you answer when a patient asks, "What would you do if you were me?"
Obesity is a well known risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases but also for many types of cancer.
Screening for speech deficiencies at each visit can identify potential delays and target interventions to achieve milestones.
Ensure your patients' dietary protein intake meets recommended levels of 10% to 35% of caloric intake.
Can drugs that are contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment be used in individuals with ESRD who are actively receiving hemodialysis?
It's been 32 years since the CDC published the first HIV case report, and too many Americans no longer view the disease as a serious illness.
Providing weight-loss guidance on an ongoing basis to your patients can make a difference in the nation's war on obesity.
Paying attention to patients' instincts is important, but clinicians should be aware appropriate ways to say "No" to a demanding patient.
On the surface, the emergence of so-called "retail medicine" fills a niche. In reality, the concept may be more controversial.
We can empower colonoscopy patients with a few written instructions to help ensure the procedure is safe and has optimal outcomes.
Legislators count on different types of healthcare providers to give them accurate info and suggestions for improvements, but many have their own agenda.
Dental care is often cited among the greatest unmet health need of children. Primary care providers can help solve this problem.
Weight is one of the toughest topics to discuss with patients, but we can no longer avoid it as the obesity epidemic grows.
Clinicians must carefully question our patients about the source of their prescription drugs to make sure they are obtaining these products from legitimate sources.
Primary-care clinicians need to educate parents of young children on dangers such as suffocation, car safety, falls, burns and choking.
Deconditioning -- a complication of POTS -- is also a common cause of morbidity and mortality in preventable diseases such as obesity.
It seems everyone wants a solution to the primary-care doctor shortage, but few are really interested in significant change when it affects them.
People who participate in frequent family meals are more likely to get healthy and stay healthy.
Proactive disease prevention and health-promoting patient education is a hallmark in the venue of primary-care providers.
Bullying can begin as early as kindergarten, and it can affect all children regardless of race, gender and socioeconomic status.
About 34% of consumers in a 2012 survey reported using social media to search for health information.
One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.
Is it a good thing or a bad thing when laypeople are able to order their own genetic profiles and interpret their own results?
Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.
A layer of bureaucracy in health care exists in which insurance regulators determine where a patient will die based on information from well-intentioned but inexperienced nurse case managers.
Despite the positive inroads and contributions that physician assistants and nurse practitioners have made over the past decades, we still face professional opposition.
Just 8% of participants in a study assessing how primary care patients who are prescribed opioids are tracked underwent urine testing, only half made regular visits to their prescribers and 23% received more than one early opioid refill.
Employment opportunities are limited today for many people seeking work, yet health-care needs are on the rise and the demand for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to care for the country's baby-boomers is increasing.
As physician assistants and nurse practitioners continue to grow in numbers, so have medical malpractice claims against them. It may be time to consider carrying personal professional-liability insurance policy.
"Bath salts" are new synthetic drugs that are typically found as white, light tan or brown powders, believed to contain psychoactive chemicals known as mephedrone and/or methylenedioxypyvrovalerone.
Politics, laws, rules and regulations are the very core of what drives what clinicians can and can't do; it determines reimbursement and therefore your salary. To be blissfully unaware is lazy. To be aware and completely uninvolved is just shameful.
Common reasons that parents give when declining human papillomavirus vaccine for their children are, "My teen is not sexually active," or "Maybe we'll wait until he/she is a bit older." This thinking negates the vaccine's preventive purpose.
Only 5.9% of eligible candidates receive the recommended pertussis booster vaccine, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide.
What are the consequences of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) over an extended period of time?
Is professionalism in medicine on the decline? A few months ago I saw a new patient who had transferred from another practice because the physician there wore sweatpants to the patient's last appointment.
Emergency contraception is no more contraception than abortion. Now don't get me wrong: I am very pro-choice. But the emergency contraceptive pill implies to misguided people that they don't have to take responsibility for sexual activity until after the fact.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a serious health condition that occurs in 4% to 12% of pregnancies, but recent research showing significant screening gaps for the disease makes the problem an even greater concern.
As a health-care provider I can't think of a more pressing problem than that of tort reform. This issue is staring us in the face and demanding a collective swift, supportive action by the medical community.
What are the side effects of fentanyl?
Many clinicians misuse the term evidence-based medicine. Something needs to be done to prevent these words (and this concept) from becoming another medical cliché.
NVIA, VAERS protect against liability, ensure public safety.
The therapeutic use of music, particularly among those who are terminally ill, has tremendous benefits.
Clinicians need to better screen their patients and educate them about when best to begin obtaining routine mammograms.
Will there be enough primary-care providers to treat the new patients covered under the Affordable Care Act?
Research shows that most Americans would want to know if they were severely ill and likely to die.
If you lose weight, does it matter how you lost the weight? Not really.
A patient is at risk for one medication error per day, and about one-fourth of related injuries are preventable.
There has been a recent explosion in the diagnosis if delusions of parasitosis, in which patients mistakenly believe they have a skin infestation.
Occupational, financial, and life events must be considered when trying to pinpoint the problem.
Do you have a patient who is impossible to communicate with? Our expert has some advice.
A study found that physicians who have been in practice longer may be at risk for providing lower-quality care.
Numerous Internet resources can help clinicians stay current with influenza outbreaks and other infectious disease developments.
Have clinicians become too dependent on technology?
Why is HIV testing so different from other types of routine screening?
I thought it might be useful to share some quick ways you can improve the safety and efficiency of your prescriptions and reduce pharmacy callbacks.
Tailoring exercise recommendations to meet the unique needs of each patient gives those patients a better chance of meeting the fitness goals they have set with you.
Noncompete clauses harm our patients and the public.
A multidisciplinary, nurse-coordinated, family-based program improved lifestyles and reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among patients and their families in hospital and general-practice settings
You might be surprised to know that even if you're not utilizing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, some of your patients probably are...
Are we providing recommended vaccines to our patients? The answer is no.
With all of the pressures on primary-care clinicians to see more patients while improving the quality of care, we need help in prioritizing the preventive services we provide. Responding to this need, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has identified the most effective preventive measures, and a careful review has prioritized them based on how they fulfill two important criteria: burden of disease prevented when each service is delivered regularly and the cost-effectiveness of doing so (Am J Prev Med. 2006;31:52-61).