The U.S. Preventive Task Force Services (USPTF) has recommended that screening mammograms were no longer routinely required for women in their 40s and that self-breast exam is no longer advised. What!? Is this just cost-cutting or is this good medicine? Read this post to learn more.
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!
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 Please write your lawmakers to protest these outdated restrictive laws that are hurting all Floridians.
These are trying times - wars overseas and terrorist threats at home, a miserable economy, a health care system in crisis and Washington politicians behaving with more pettiness and self-interest than squabbling two year olds – well, it’s just plain disheartening.
This week a patient of mine lumped Haiti’s problems in along with all those others I just mentioned but I begged to differ. Haiti is neither a governmental nor political problem – it is a humanitarian one. It is not our governments’ problem to solve, it is our own as individuals. We can save Haiti by not giving up on her. Read this post to see how.
Flu and Pneumonia Shots 2012 – Questions & Answers
It’s getting to be that time of year. Time to think about getting your flu shot and (for some) updating your pneumonia vaccination. I always get a lot of questions from patients this time of year. Do I need a flu shot? (The answer is “yes”.) When should I get it? Do I need a pneumonia shot? How often?
In this post I’ve answered those questions according to the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) current 2012 recommendations.
Adult Immunizations for 2012 - Questions & Answers
It’s flu shot time and when the subject of flu (and pneumonia vaccines) come up every year it always leads my patients ask me questions about what other vaccines they might need. In this post I will answer those questions. What vaccinations and tests are currently recommended for adults by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? Read on.
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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