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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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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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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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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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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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Electronic Health Records Mandate: Quick Overview

It seems that recently healthcare bloggers and medical news sites have been discussing the transition of medical records from paper charts to computers.  Why?  I don't think the introduction of the use of the computers in a profession has received so much attention since 1995. 

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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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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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Flu Season is Coming... What Do You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine?

I recently discovered a great new tool called Google Flu Trends.  This interactive map allows you to get an up-to-date analysis of influenza activity in your area.

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Nurse Practitioner Owned Clinics: Pend Oreille Health Care

One of the wonderful things about being a nurse practitioner is that in many states you have the option to practice independently.

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4 Characteristics You Should You Look for In Your First Supervising Physician

I graduated from my nurse practitioner program three years ago.  I still vividly recall my first experiences as a new nurse practitioner graduate.  I was expected to do nearly the same job as the physician I worked with but with many years less schooling.  Welcome to on-the-job lea

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