Carla Mills, ARNP, Outlines Nurse Practitioner Rescue Plan for Health Care System in New Column for NP World News

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are poised and ready to take a leading role in health care reform, says Carla Mills, author of the award-winning health book A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices and founder of Maverick Health. Her new column, “NPs on the Edge,“ in NP World News will highlight the ways in which NPs can guide people to smart choices that will reduce their health risks.

February 25, 2009 — Carla Mills, author of A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices and founder of Maverick Health, will write a new column for NP World News (NPWN) titled “NPs on the Edge.” The Jan/Feb issue of the news magazine for nurse practitioners introduces Ms. Mills by profiling her career and reviewing her award-winning book, A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices. Starting with the Mar/Apr issue, her column will outline a NP rescue plan for a troubled health care system.

With our health care system in crisis, it is more important than ever for Nurse Practitioners to take a leading role in health care reform. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to communicate with fellow NPs in NP World News. “With our health care system in crisis, it is more important than ever for Nurse Practitioners to take a leading role in health care reform. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to communicate with fellow NPs in NP World News.” says Carla Mills. “NP Communications has long been a respected publisher for the nurse practitioner profession. It is a great honor to have the quality and importance of my book recognized by such a respected publisher.

In her NP World News column, Ms. Mills will be sharing her views on the role of nurse practitioners in health care reform as well as her common sense approach to reducing the burden of chronic diseases on both individuals and society. She will explain why NPs are the perfect primary care providers to help people make smart choices and choose behavioral changes that will significantly reduce their risk for developing major diseases long before symptoms ever appear.

“Carla Mills has written a book to make all NPs proud. A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices is a well written, how-to manual for those contemplating a lower-risk lifestyle. Carla captures completely the holistic, integrated orientation unique to NP practice. Included in this tremendous work are the major lifestyle and behavioral causes of disease, disability, and premature death–plus action steps that help you stick to lifestyle changes you choose.” writes NPWN’s Eileen T. O’Grady.

In 2008, Ms. Mills’ book was named a National Best Book in Health: Medical Reference by USA Book News and was also a winner in the Health Category of the National Indie Excellence Book Award. In addition, it was a finalist in the Health/Wellness Category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices is available for purchase exclusively online at www.maverickhealth.com. The Maverick Health Blog expands on the book to keep readers up to date on the national treatment guidelines for the most common health risks and other timely health issues.

About Maverick Health
Maverick Health is dedicated to creating a health care system to complement the country’s current sick care system. Its mission is to reduce chronic diseases and prevent catastrophic health events in both individuals and populations. Taking a very practical and measurable approach, Maverick Health teaches people with no prior medical knowledge how to effectively and efficiently manage their own health and health care. The cornerstone of its approach is outlined in the award winning book, A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Health Choices.

About Carla Mills, ARNP
Carla Mills has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years. She is also a writer, entrepreneur, and a dynamic speaker who can offer insights on a variety of health care topics that address the role that wellness and illness play on both a personal and professional level. For more information, visit www.maverickhealth.com.

About NP Communications
NP Communications is a leading publisher that has served the Nurse Practitioner profession for over 15 years. In addition to publishing NP World News, NP Communications also publishes two peer reviewed professional journals. The American Journal of Nurse Practitioners includes articles of clinical relevance to NP clinicians and Women’s Health Care is the official journal of NPWH (Nurse Practitioner’s in Women’s Health). As publishers, Louise and George Young have brought together key thought leaders within the NP profession and seen to it that their ideas are widely propagated. As friends of NPs, they have served tirelessly over the years on boards and committees helping NPs become more visible, better organized and better understood by both consumers and lawmakers.