May 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 5
pp: 6-56

Editor's Memo


Acute Care Advisor


Clinical Case Report


Literature Review: PREOPERATIVE CARE


Literature Review: PRIMARY CARE


Lab Logic


Product News


Short Communications


Medication Update



DERMATOLOGICAL CARE


Hidradenitis suppurativa: A Clinician's Tool for Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Beshara, Monica A.

Nurse Practitioner . 35(5):24-28, May 2010.

Dermatology complaints are among the most common reasons people seek advice from their NP. Because some conditions, such as hidradenitis suppurativa, are seldom seen, NPs must have reliable tools to correctly identify the disease and initiate appropriate treatment quickly.

INSOMNIA


Managing sleep disorders in the elderly

Townsend-Roccichelli, Judith; Sanford, Julie T.; VandeWaa, Elizabeth

Nurse Practitioner . 35(5):30-37, May 2010.

Sleep disorders and sleeping difficulties are two of the most pervasive and poorly addressed problems of aging. Primary sleep disorders can be associated with significant medical, psychological, and social disturbances.

ACUTE CARE


PRACTICE AUTONOMY


Prescribing Controlled Substances: How NPs in Washington are making a difference

Kaplan, Louise; Brown, Marie-Annette; Donahue, Jeri S.

Nurse Practitioner . 35(5):47-53, May 2010.

Washington State NPs have had fully autonomous prescribing and practice since a 2005 law removed the requirement for a joint practice agreement with a physician to prescribe schedule II-IV drugs. Nonetheless, research reveals that not all NPs prescribe controlled substances nor do all NPs feel fully autonomous. For NPs, attaining autonomy has required the unwavering diligence of nurse leaders and activists. Unfortunately, a conundrum exists that encumbers the process.