Happy Nurse Practitioner week! November 11 -17, 2018. Annually we celebrate the extoidinary contributions of all NP’s. Through professionalism, dedication and perseverance, NP’s unselfishly provide the highest level of care to all our patients, enhancing our nations’ health care system.
“For the past few decades, the United States has not produced enough primary care physicians. Moreover, too few physicians practice in rural and medically underserved areas, and the number of people lacking adequate access to primary care has increased. Meanwhile, studies have piled up pointing to the high quality of care that nurse practitioners (NPs) provide, and increasing numbers of policy-influencing bodies have recommended expanding the use of NPs in primary care. Yet, barriers to the expanded use of NPs persist, and, consequently, tens of millions of Americans lack adequate access to primary care services. This report describes and integrates new evidence from a research program focused on the primary care workforce, NPs’ role in primary care, and the potential for NPs to help solve the problem of Americans’ access to quality primary care.”
Does anyone remember the book THE COMING PLAGUE ? First published in 1994 in hardcover by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance was a New York Times bestseller in 1994-5. Laurie Garrett researched and wrote THE COMING PLAGUE for ten years, starting in the mid-1980s when the very premise of the effort was highly controversial. What seemed an acutely controversial premise in 1994 is mainstream thought in the second decade of the 21st Century. By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
After spending time during August in their home districts, members of the House and Senate have returned to Capitol Hill and are expected to have an intense schedule leading up to the mid-term elections. Join AANP
As a Nurse Practitioner you already have a passion to help people at least partly fueling your current career goals. As you work in state-of-the-art facilities, you may find yourself wondering if you could put your knowledge and skills to use in a way that benefits those less fortunate and without access to care. If you have ever found yourself thinking along these lines, you may want to consider a medical missions trip. The following is a great article on the basics of medical missions from Spring Arbor University.
We all know that cholesterol and saturated fat are not good for us and can lead to heart disease right? In your practices are you not still telling your patients that they need to avoid saturated and cholesterol and choose “good fats” sparingly? You may want to reconsider. By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
Are you feeling stuck in your career, or not feeling enthusiastic or fulfilled? Here are a few tips to consider to get that spark back! By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
John is a 62 year old male presents with complaints of a sore on his right middle finger that he has had for 4 days and it is getting worse. The patient denies pain, fevers, chills, body aches, or recent trauma. He reports that some redness and streaking is also starting to go up his right hand and arm. No other family members have any sores or rashes. He is a retired teacher and spends his time working on his small family farm in Vermont that has been in the family for 4 generations. They raise pigs, chickens, sheep, alpacas, and grow a variety of vegatables. He also works with animal hides to make traditional drums. His wife and daughter also sell handmade hats, sweaters , scarfs and mittens from the alpaca and sheep wool. He denies having any other rashes, lesions or recent illnesses. His only medical problem is hypertension which is well controlled with lisinopril. What’s your diagnosis? By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
a. staff infection b. brown recluse spider bite c. anthrax. d. yersinia pestis
Are you at risk for developing diabetes or hypertension? Is your cholesterol elevated? Are you at risk for cardiovascular disease? Most people do not know if they are at risk or if they even have these diseases and do not know. Are you overweight or obese? If you do not know then you need to see your health care provider and find out, ask questions, and take responsibility for your health. Do you know your “health” numbers? By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
Keynote speaker Rear Admiral (RADM) Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN provided an inspirational speech at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) National Conference in Denver this past week. Her speech was titled What to Pack in Your Parachute: How Can NP’s Contribute to the Culture of Practice in the Nation’s Health Care System?