Studies Show You Can Pass On the Fish Oil

For years, healthcare providers have been recommending foods rich in omega-3s as part of a healthy diet as well as supplemental fish oil for individuals at risk for heart disease.  Recently the benefits of omega-3s have been called into question.  Are these foods and supplements as heart-healthy as we originally thought?

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Do Toddlers Really Need to Be Treated for ADHD?

I forgot one of my pet peeves in my post last week so I am devoting a whole post to this particular peeve as I find it rather alarming.  What is it?  Toddlers on ADHD medications. 

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We Remember

With a solemnness I have not reserved for any of my other posts, today I would like to remember September 11, 2001.  As I listened to the names this morning of those we lost eleven years ago, this day stood vidid in my memory.

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Case Study of the Week: DVT

This weekend, my husband and took a road trip to Indianapolis giving me plenty of time behind the wheel to contemplate various road-trip related medical conditions for this week's case study.  I ultimately decided on the DVT (deep vascular thrombosis).  DVT is a diagnosis I make, or at

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Nurse Practitioner Bridge Programs: Can You Really Enroll In a NP Program Without an RN Degree?

The typical path to becoming a nurse practitioner requires that students complete a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) followed by a Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN).  For those of us who did not know we wanted to become NP's and did not complete an undergraduate degree in nursing or who are making a career change to complete a MSN degree, technically we should have to return to school to first obtain our BSN.  But is there a faster way to become a nurse practitioner?

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Nurse Practitioners: How Much Money Do We Save Our Country?

As you can tell by your paycheck, NP's make a great living, however they are not paid as highly as physicians.  Obviously, then there must be some cost savings associated with nurse practitioners providing healthcare over physicians.  How much money do nurse practitioners save our country?

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Don't Bring Me Your Poop! My Pet Peeves as a NP

Over my years of working as a nurse practitioner, I have developed a few pet peeves in my practice.  My patients all mean well, but occasionally there are things they do that gross me out (yes, even I am susceptible to the dry heaves) or just really annoy me.  What patient behaviors som

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The DNP Transition: Commonly Asked Questions

You have likely heard that educators and nursing organizations are pushing for legislation requiring a doctorate degree to practice as a nurse practitioner.

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Nursing Shoes: Our Top 5 Picks

Nurse practitioners work hard.  We are on our feet, seeing patients at a rapid pace and in general just busy.  So how do we keep our feet fresh and our backs from aching?  From personal experience, a good shoe makes all the difference.  Which shoes do I like best for a long da

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Does Pinterest Promote Unhealthy Eating?

As a female under the age of 45 (just let me stereotype here for a minute), I of course love Pinterest.  The photos, the food, the home decor and the fashion- I rely on Pinterest for inspiration whether I am looking for the perfect new pair of Fall boot

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Nurse Practitioners to Fill the Primary Care Gap for Retirees Living in Small Towns

As a record number of Americans enter retirement, many will move to small towns and rural areas across the U.S. seeking a warmer, quieter or more peaceful life.  But with physicians exiting primary care and Medicare reducing reimbursement rates for healthcare providers, who will provide healthcare for these aging individuals?

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Which 5 States Do Not Require NP's to Take the National Certification Exam?

In the creating to the 2012 Guide to Nurse Practitioner Programs, I was shocked to find that some schools responded to my inquiries about their pass rate on the national certification exam by stating that a national certification exam is not required for nur

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