April 2009 - Volume 34 - Issue 4
pp: 6-56

Editor's Memo


Convenient Care


Acute Care Advisor


Clinical Case Report


This Just In


Literature Review


Medication Update



SKIN CANCER


Skin cancer: More than skin deep

Gordon, Randy M.

Nurse Practitioner. 34(4):20-27, April 2009.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. Fortunately, the condition is one of the most preventable cancers if proper actions are taken to protect the skin.

ALLERGIES


What's your food allergy familiarity?

Johnson, Arlene

Nurse Practitioner. 34(4):29-35, April 2009.

Pediatric primary care providers must be familiar with the clinical signs and symptoms of food allergy in children and identify those who would benefit from diagnostic testing and possible consultation with an allergist.

GERIATRIC CARE


The practicalities and pitfalls of polypharmacy

Zurakowski, Tamara

Nurse Practitioner. 34(4):36-41, April 2009.

Studies show that older adults are poorly served by pharmacotherapeutics. A working knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of aging and basic pharmodynamics of medications is needed to provide appropriate care.



PAIN MANAGEMENT


Be in the know about pain management

D'Arcy, Yvonne

Nurse Practitioner. 34(4):43-47, April 2009.

Respondents to a short survey indicated a variety of answers regarding pain management knowledge, opioid addiction, and treatment options for chronic pain.

NP PRACTICE


Pay for NP performance?

Mackey, Thomas A.; Rooney, Laura; Skinner, Loren

Nurse Practitioner. 34(4):48-51, April 2009.

The World Health Organization suggests incentives can facilitate attracting, motivating, and retaining nurses. Currently, academic institutions are exploring pay-for-performance programs to decrease the financial disparity among academic, private, and corporate employers.