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2014: An Empowered Patient’s Guide to Health Care Reform - FREE Report

In a quest to actually understand the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I researched and then wrote an easy to read report that I am offering to you for FREE. It’s called, 2014: An Empowered Patient’s Guide to Health Care Reform. I personally wanted to get past all the hype and hysteria and I wanted to help patients and consumers understand it, too.

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Why NPs Need Full Practice and Prescriptive Authority

The following is an article I wrote for NP World News in June of 2009. The topic becomes more and more relevant with every passing day so I have dusted it off and brought it forward for everyone to reread and reconsider.

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court but organized medicine and lawmakers continue to hold NPs down. Not a shred of evidence has ever been brought forward to show that NP care is not safe, sound and well liked by millions of American patients. So why have these archaic restrictions not been lifted? Why aren’t health care consumers allowed to decide for themselves? Hmmmm?

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Democrats and Republicans Should All Be Mavericks about Health

Four years ago, before the last presidential election, I wrote this post. I think it’s worth revisiting again. The media branded the last Republican presidential candidate a “maverick” and it made the word suddenly popular and in vogue. But the politics obscured its meaning - as politics so often do. Being a maverick means a lot more than simply not always voting with one’s own political party.

Being a maverick means you make up your own mind about everything, you don’t “run with the herd”, you determine your plan of action and you then have the guts to follow through on your plan. Maverick Health was founded on these principles. Here are some thoughts on why – whether you are a Democrat or a Republican – you should absolutely be a maverick about your health.

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It Is a Mistake to Call a Nurse Practitioner a Nurse

I do not like it when people call me a Nurse. I liked it when I was a Nurse, but for more than 17 years now I’ve been a Nurse Practitioner. The two titles are NOT interchangeable and the duties and responsibilites are NOT the same.

As a Nurse Practitioner I’m often asked “What should I call you?“. Doctors are addressed as “Doctor”, but if your doctor is a Nurse Practitioner, how should you address that person? Read this post to brush up on the correct titles for different types of nurses. Your nurses will love you for knowing who we are and what we do!

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Access denied: Florida lawmakers and doctors silence NPs - again

Florida is one of only two states in the country to restrict NP prescriptive authority for controlled substances. Florida is also the “pill mill” capital of the country. Seven Floridians die every day from controlled drugs prescribed by Florida physicians. 

It is past time to bring the responsible medical community, including NPs, together to enable the use of these drugs properly and appropriately. It is past time to aggressively seek out and punish those physician rogues whose small numbers have caused such an enormous and deadly problem in Florida.

It is not Florida’s NPs but a small number of Florida’s licensed physicians who are the problem. Restricting NP practice will not solve a problem caused by physicians.

Watch this 3 minute YouTube video by NP Jana Esden who (silently) shows how Florida’s lawmakers and physicians have ignored the advice of experts and used politics to restrict patients’ access to care by restricting nurse practitioners’ practice and prescriptive authority in the state.

Florida citizens are being denied access to safe, proven quality health care by NP medical providers. Please write your lawmakers to protest these outdated restrictive laws that are hurting all Floridians.

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Nurse Practitioners—Valuable but Undervalued

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Putting Prevention into Practice

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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I’m Down with the Flu - Some Tips for You

It got me - again. I wrote this post the last time it got me - back in 2009. Not a bad run for someone who has her head down sick people’s throats all day this time of year. But, contrary to popular belief, even we medical people get sick sometimes and I am down - SO down - with the flu again.

I followed all my own advice (which I posted here before flu season). But as a Nurse Practitioner, 6 to 8 of the patients I see every day are sick this time of year. Catching the flu is just an occupational hazard in my line of work.

Read this for tips on how to take care of yourself if you get sick, too. It will tell you when you need to see a health professional and give you some tips on how to keep yourself out of the hospital.

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Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Good Health

Here are Maverick Health’s top ten holiday gifts for good health. Too often the holidays end up in a tailspin of bad health choices. We overeat and gain 5 lbs that we never seem to lose, we feel stressed and we spend more than we planned on gifts that aren’t always appreciated or good for those to whom we give them. But this year things can be different. I’ve looked for some healthy gift ideas for your friends and loved ones that say “I care about you and your health”. Check them out.

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How to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

I have an idea about how to lower prescription drug costs and save millions (if not billions) of wasted dollars.

I know how to decrease confusion and eliminate much of the unnecessary anxiety related to prescription drugs. And I know how to decrease the cost of prescription drugs for individuals. How?

Pass a law to make it illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers. Read on see why this is good idea.

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