Living in the South in the winter is quite amusing. Yesterday, Tennessee declared a state of emergency...because it was 36 degrees and raining. It was so close to snowing that everyone freaked out. The situation worked perfectly for me. Everyone stayed home after their mad dash to the store for milk and bread and things in a can no one actually eats, and I ran my afternoon errands in peace. If you are stuck at home this weekend in some actual snow, check out this week's more interesting medical news stories.
With the school year in full swing and winter creeping in, communicable diseases are running amuck. Coughs, colds and GI bugs are everywhere. I don't mind reassuring moms that yes, this case of influenza will pass, but my favorite diagnoses to treat are those that make people go "Ick". Worms and parasites are among my favorite cases with a high ick factor. Even ickier, half of the world's population is infected with at least one worm. Are you itching yet...
I had a difficult time locating laws related to nurse practitioner practice in the State of Iowa as I sat down to write this post. I began to read the legal information I was able to locate when I discovered the reason for my problem. I was having such a difficult time because Iowa doesn't have many laws regulating nurse practitioners. Who knew that this tiny, land-locked, midwestern state was so progressive?
The number of e-mails I have received over the past few weeks from nurse practitioner students looking for clinical preceptors has been quite alarming. It seems there is a definite shortage of preceptors for nurse practitioner students out there. Hosting an NP student for a few weeks seems like a lot of work, but I'm here to tell you it can also be quite rewarding.