February 10, 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 2
pp: 1-56


Editor's Memo


Advocacy in Practice


Clinical Case Report


Medication Update



TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: CE Connection


Adolescent concussions: When to return to play

Jamault, Vanessa; Duff, Elsie

Nurse Practitioner . 38(2):16-22, February 10, 2013.

Current recommendations for a sports concussion evaluation and management are designed for adult athletes. Recently, several states have amended legislation and now require a licensed, medical professional to assess any adolescent athlete who has a suspected concussion prior to making a return-to-play decision. The majority of the remaining states are expected to follow with similar legislation.

DRUG APPROVALS: CE Connection


Drug updates and approvals: 2012 in review

Belavic, Jennifer M.

Nurse Practitioner . 38(2):24-42, February 10, 2013.

Each year, the FDA approves many pharmaceuticals and products designed to treat or improve a patient's condition. This article provides a sample of some of the most important drugs approved in 2012 that specifically apply to nurse practitioner practice.

METABOLIC DISEASE


How insulin analogues can benefit patients

Dokken, Betsy B.

Nurse Practitioner . 38(2):44-48, February 10, 2013.

Approximately 65% of patients with diabetes receive care for their condition from a primary care provider. By definition, patients with type 1 diabetes require insulin therapy. Primary care nurse practitioners can benefit from an understanding of effective administration of insulin therapy. This review will outline suggestions for the effective use of insulin analogues in clinical practice.