November 16, 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 11
pp: 6-7

Editor's Memo


NP Insights


Legal File


Medication Update



ANTICOAGULATION THERAPY: CE Connection


Reversal agents for oral anticoagulants

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Vestal, Mark L.; Livengood, Spencer J.; More

Nurse Practitioner. 42(11):8-14, November 16, 2017.

For more than half a century, warfarin, a vitamin K antagonist, has been the anticoagulant of choice. However, direct oral anticoagulants are rapidly gaining in popularity, which poses the need for efficacious reversal agents. This review article summarizes the strategies and agents used to reverse oral anticoagulants.

RESPIRATORY CARE: CE Connection


Adult asthma: Diagnosis and treatment

Durham, Catherine O.; Fowler, Terri; Smith, Whitney; More

Nurse Practitioner. 42(11):16-24, November 16, 2017.

Adult asthma is a prevalent chronic medical condition that is associated with high morbidity, mortality, and cost. Early identification, evidence-based diagnosis, and step-wise management can lead to improvements in patient outcomes, decrease exacerbations, and eliminate respiratory function decline as the patient ages.

MEN'S HEALTH


HPV awareness and vaccination rates in college-aged male athletes

McCutcheon, Tonna; Schaar, Gina; Herline, Alan; More

Nurse Practitioner. 42(11):27-34, November 16, 2017.

College-aged males are at high risk for human papillomavirus (HPV); however, vaccination rates remain low, suggesting minimal HPV knowledge. Therefore, an educational intervention was developed and implemented to determine if an increase in HPV knowledge, perceived HPV risk, intention and perceived self-efficacy to obtain the vaccine, and vaccination rates were observed.

TYPE 2 DIABETES


Providing self-management education to patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: Addressing basic nutrition and hypoglycemia

Palmer, Carrie

Nurse Practitioner. 42(11):36-42, November 16, 2017.

NPs and other primary care providers will continue to encounter a growing population of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Helping patients engage in self-care behaviors is essential to achieve blood glucose control and prevent diabetes-related complications. This article explores opportunities to provide education to patients with diabetes mellitus on the important self-care topics of nutrition and hypoglycemia during a primary care visit.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS


Understanding employment contracts: What to know before you sign

Dolan, Carolyn M.

Nurse Practitioner. 42(11):44-49, November 16, 2017.

NPs are conscientious providers, but when it comes to their own careers, they may not be as careful to apply the same prevention strategies, monitoring, and hypervigilance that they use with their patients to avoid poor outcomes. This article identifies potential risks in employment contracts and offers suggestions for avoiding disputes.