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Wednesday, February 3, 2016



The Zika virus has been steadily spreading over the past several weeks in South and Central America, and to a lesser extent, in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The virus, which is spread via the bite of infected mosquitos, shows symptoms in roughly 1 in 5 people. Zika is rarely fatal, and common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.

Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as the virus can spread from the mother to her baby, causing possible birth defects (such as microcephaly) if infected during pregancy. The best prevention method is to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. EPA-registed insect repellants should also be used as directed as well as permethrin.

Update: "Until we know more, if your male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area with active Zika virus transmission, you should abstain from sex or use condoms the right way every time you have vaginal, anal, and oral sex for the duration of the pregnancy," the updated guidance says. Dallas County, Texas, health officials announced that the virus had been spread via sex with someone who recently returned from Venezuela infected with Zika. This marks the first known case of virus being acquired in the continental U.S.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Kelley Johnson, a 22-year-old nurse from Windsor, CO broke the mold during the Miss America tournament's talent portion when she spoke about caring for an Alzheimer patient (Joe) instead of performing a typical song/dance routine like many others.
Dressed in scrubs and tennis shoes, Johnson detailed how she grew close with Joe and how they each helped each other realize that they're more than just a diagnosis or a career. "You are not just a nurse. You are my nurse. And you have changed my life because you have cared about me," Johnson quoted her patient.
Johnson went on to say that people are people before anything else. "I'm never going to be just a nurse," she concluded.
Click here to see the video.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Please join me in congratulating Drs. Scott Saccomano, PhD, GNP, BC, RN, and Damon Burns Cottrell, DNP, RN, NP-BC, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CEN, on receiving two inaugural awards from The Nurse Practitioner journal in May at the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Philadelphia. The awards were presented as part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the journal.

Dr. Saccomano received the Outstanding Contributor award for his exemplary clinical scholarship in writing on a variety of topics published in the journal, including several continuing-education articles over the past few years. Dr. Cottrell received the Peer Reviewer of the Year award for the quality of his reviews of other authors’ work. The peer review process helps journal editors select manuscripts for publication that meet represent quality and relevance to advanced nursing practice. The awards were a highlight of the opening ceremony.

Thanks again for attending this year's conference, and we look forward to seeing you all next year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ellisa Sinnicks-House, a nurse practitioner (NP) from Newfoundland and Labrador, runs the Livewell Clinic and believes that patients go to see her (as opposed to a doctor or the emergency department) to either save time or because they do not have a healthcare provider. NPs such as Sinnicks-House provide services for a fee to those who are not covered by Newfoundland and Labrador's Medical Care Plan.

"I could charge a lot more than I do, it's not my intent to get rich," Sinnicks-House said. "My intent is to fill gaps that are there, to help take some strain off the healthcare system, and help people who don't have access in other places."

Sinnicks-House states that everyone has given her positive feedback regarding her services thus far. The Canadian NP provides services including referrals, care for acute diseases, and testing/diagnoses; she charges between $20 and $30 per visit.

Let us know what you think of this NP's approach to healthcare in the comments.


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Jamesetta (Jamie) A. Newland
Jamesetta (Jamie) A. Newland is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University College of Nursing where she is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the NYU Nursing Faculty Practice. Her expertise on nurse practitioner education and practice has been sought nationally and internationally. She is the current editor-in-chief of The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare, the inaugural journal publication for nurse practitioners.