New Smart Pills: A Little Too 'Big Brother'?

As all NP's know, once your patient leaves the office it is up to them to comply with your medical recommendations.  Take it or leave it, you are not going home with them to administer their medications three times a day.  Or are you?  A new 'smart pill' promises to measure and report medication compliance. 

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NP Scope of Practice Laws: What's Allowed in Your State?

I have often attempted to locate specifics regarding legislation surrounding nurse practitioners in Tennessee to no avail.  Living in the Volunteer State, am I as a nurse practitioner allowed to sign a death certificate?  I have no idea.  Browsing state government websites for these answers can be frustrating and leave you still searching for answers.  Luckily, medical recruiting agency Barton and Associates recently posted an easy to use interactive feature on their website outlining NP Scope of Practice Laws.

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What is Concierge Medicine?

I recently (maybe a bit later than some) heard of an emerging medical phenomenon; concierge medicine.  In an attempt to reinstate the personalized doctor-patient relationship, physicians are breaking away from the traditional medical model.  Why?

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Retail Health Clinics are Booming Creating Job Opportunities for NP's

You have surely observed the expansion of retail health clinics in your community.  From drug stores to grocery stores and even airports, clinics are popping up everywhere.

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AED iPhone App Saves Lives

A small fire department in California, the San Ramon Valley Fire Department, is attempting to to overcome the barriers to AED use in cardiac arrest with, yes, the iPhone.

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National Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam: What is the Best Way to Study?

Even if you have some time before you graduate from your nurse practitioner program, the national certification exam has probably crossed your mind. How should you study?  What is the most sure method of passing the exam?  Having taken the exam myself, I have experienced how anxiety-provoking the national certification experience can be.  Your ability to practice as an NP rides on your results therefore it is essential to prepare adequately, but how do you start?

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How Do Physicians View Nurse Practitioners?

Reports of how physicians feel toward nurse practitioners are conflicting.  On one hand, nurse practitioners save physicians time and money in their practices.  On the other hand, there is concern of a 'turf war' between NP's and physicians as legislation increasingly allows nurse practitioners to open their own practices across the country.  Ultimately, how do physicians view the nurse practitioner profession? 

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New York Soda Ban: Can Government Legislation Really Impact Lifestyle Change?

I am not a giant-sized soda drinker and I also do not live in New York so initially I did not really care what happened surrounding Bloomberg's legislation limiting the sale of sugary drinks.  But then I noticed they were also taking away the venti Frappuccino.  What?!  Don't they know I work the night shift.  Did New York lawmakers forget to consider the number of car accidents they are going to cause related to drivers falling asleep at the wheel?

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Free Online Continuing Medical Education Websites: Our Top 5 Picks

You are in a crunch.  Your recertification is coming up and your continuing medical education (CME) allowance is tapped out.  Sounds like you need some free online CME options.  Which websites offer the best continuing education opportunities?  Here are our top 5 picks.

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6 Diseases Nurse Practitioners Can Diagnose With an Eye Exam

Ancient proverbs say that "the eye is a mirror into the soul", but is it also a mirror reflecting the state of your health?  Many diseases can be diagnosed with a simple eye exam.  As a healthcare provider, you must know what they are and how to identify them.

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Is Eating Eggs Really As Bad For Your Heart as Smoking?

My view is eggs is something like that of an early morning protein packet.  I know they are high in cholesterol, but they are natural, right?  Well, not everything that is 'natural' is healthy and unfortunately this seems to be true of eggs (even when served without bacon).  Recent studies suggest that consumption of three eggs per week may in fact be as bad for your cardiovascular system as smoking.

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To Scan or Not To Scan: What Is the Best Imaging Technique for Diagnosis of Appendicitis in Children?

When a child presents to the ER with abdominal pain, I am always faced with a decision.  Could this be an appendicitis?  Should I order an abdominal CT scan?  With recent research indicating that radiation from CT scans in pediatric patients triples the risk of developing leukemia and brain tumors, this is a weighty decision.  Appendicitis can also be diagnosed with ultrasound imaging.  Given the risk of radiation exposure with CT, which test is better for the diagnosis of appendicitis in pediatric patients?

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