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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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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? Maybe nurse practitioners can do the same?

What is Concierge Medicine?

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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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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.  Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such a horrific tragedy on American soil and I hope never again.  I would especially like to remember today our fellow nurses who were involved in organizing an effort for aiding the wounded during this fateful day.  

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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.  Readers frequently ask me about the DNP; both current nurse practitioners and NP students want to know when the DNP transition will take place and how they will be affected.  Although the path to rolling out the Doctor of Nursing Practice requirement for nurse practitioners is not yet clear, we can make some assumptions.  In this post, I will address the most common questions I receive. 

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