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Halloween Safety Tips For Your Patients

For many parents, Halloween is a nightmare.  Little ghouls and goblins running around unsupervised canvasing the neighborhood for treats opens the door to danger.  What Halloween safety advice should you share with your patients?

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Primary Care Medical Home: The Future of Primary Care?

If you watch the news, you probably believe America's primary care system is in dire need of repair.  If you work in primary care, you may have mixed feelings based on your practice setting.  The 'Primary Care Medical Home' concept featured as part of health care reform promises to repair primary care creating a streamlined patient and provider friendly primary care system.  How will this system work?

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Chronic Disease in Developing Countries: Not Just Americans are Getting Fat

Health relief efforts in poor, developing countries abound.  From organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding malaria research to Catholic Relief Service's $48 billion global effort to prevent and treat HIV, organizations across the globe throw resources towards eradicating acute illness and infection in places like Africa.

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Studies Show When it Comes to Kids, 'A Little Dirt Never Hurt'

Last week my husband and I were on the way home from Costco when I couldn't stand it any longer and broke into the tub of raspberries we had just purchased.  I began to pick out the most succulent specimens and pop them in my mouth as we made our way home.  "Do you want some?" I asked my husband.  Nah, he responded, "I feel like they are probably dirty".  "A little dirt never hurt!" I exclaimed as I continued to shovel the juicy bits of goodness into my mouth.  But was I correct in my assumption regarding the potential contamination of my tasty treat?

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Dermatologic Emergencies: 7 Rashes NP's Must Be Able to Identify

Rashes.  So frustrating.  Is your patient presenting with a case of the itchy red bumps as a result of sleeping on an insect infected mattress or are they suffering from a drug reaction?  Can you throw some steroids at these red whelps and hope for the best or are they a sign of something more serious?  Many rashes are benign and easy to treat, but which rashes must you be sure not to miss?  Here are 7 rashes you must be able to identify as they signify an emergent medical condition. 

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National Primary Care Week

I would like to end the week by saying a big 'Thank You' in celebration of National Primary Care Week to all of the nurse practitioners working in primary care. 

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7 Pink Products that Help Fight Breast Cancer

There are many ways nurse practitioners can increase awareness and support the breast cancer cause this month, but let's be honest; some of us would love a more creative outlet than handing out pamphlets in our workplaces or verbally encouraging our female patients to keep up to date with their preventative practices.  In order to support you in your quest for a release from the workplace while simultaneously supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let's take a break from the clinic and go shopping!

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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

In case you haven't noticed the explosion of pink merchandise and memorabilia around you, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As nurse practitioners, let's participate in the movement by reviewing breast cancer screening guidelines so we can make sure our patients are up-to-date in their preventative practices. 

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Dansko Scrub Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our Dansko Scrub Giveaway!  Our winner is a new nursing clinical faculty member and wants to present herself in 'stylish and practical srubs'.  She feels it is important that she look professional while still being able to 'get dirty' if needed.  I think these scrubs will be perfect for her in her new nursing faculty role. 

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Diabetes Art Day

Yesterday, September 24th, 2012 was Diabetes Art Day.  I will admit, I did not know about this occasion until today- one day too late!  That's ok.  I am artistically challenged.  So, even though I missed the chance to create my own masterpiece, I would like to share with you all some of my favorite amazing works of art submitted in recognition of those living with diabetes.

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Dansko Scrub Giveaway!

Nurses know and love Dansko for their comfy clogs, but are you aware they make scrubs as well?  With quality and style in mind, Dankso has developed a fabulous line of scrubs.  I had the chance to road test Dansko's Greta Scrub Top and Gina Scrub Pants and was thrilled with my trial run.  From suturing lacerations to reducing a dislocated finger, my scrubs and I did it all in the ER yesterday.  My conclusion- you must own a pair of your own!

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Concussion in Youth Sports: Is Playing Football Safe for Kids?

The air is crisp, shopping malls are well stocked with sweaters and boots and the leaves are beginning to drift away.  Yes, Fall and football season are here.  So stock your pantry with chips and salsa, plaster your fridge with the numbers for local pizza delivery, tune in to ESPN and sign your kids up for youth football?  With the recent news surrounding brain disease among former NFL players, what do we as nurse practitioners need to advise our young patients about the dangers of playing football?

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