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Articles by Kathryn Murphy, DNS, APRN

The science of addiction

Murphy, Kathryn

Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 16(3):38-45, May/June 2018.

Furthering our understanding of addiction and exploring treatment possibilities can help us better care for patients with substance use disorders.

Cholesterol: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Murphy, Kathryn

Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 9(3):26-34, May-June 2011.

High cholesterol, especially elevated low-density lipoprotein levels, is a major cause of atherosclerosis. Nurses play a leading role in helping patients manage their cholesterol levels. We show you how.

Square pegs: Managing personality disorders


Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 4(4):26-33, July-August 2006.

A patient with a personality disorder can be unable to function socially, at risk of committing suicide, and a threat to others. Chances are you'll care for patients like this no matter what setting you work in. We'll show you how to recognize these disorders by discussing key assessment findings and appropriate interventions.

Anxiety: When is it too much?


Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 3(5):22-31, September-October 2005.

Normal anxiety is common in modern society, with all its pressures and conflicts. Anxiety disorders, however, plunge people into a nightmarish existence warped by paralyzing fear. In this article, we'll describe how drugs and psychotherapy can help.

The separate reality of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia


Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 3(3):6-18, May-June 2005.

Major mental illnesses are devastating, frightening, and burdened by social stigma and widespread popular misconceptions. These two diseases, although separate, share similar symptoms and treatments. We'll give you an inside look.

Why Am I So Blue?


Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!. 2(4):34-41, July-August 2004.

Depression is a serious condition that affects the mind and the body. In this article, we'll tell you how it develops, how you can screen your patients, and how the right treatment can make all the difference.