Back to School Health

Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
Updated:   9/5/2018
Contains:  14 items
A collection of articles discussing adolescent/school-related topics.

Mind & body practices in the treatment of adolescent anxiety

Fulweiler, Bernadette; John, Rita Marie

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(8):36-43, August 2018.

Although anxiety is the most common mental health condition among adolescents in the United States, the current standards of practice for treatment are expensive, may be difficult to obtain, and potentially harmful. Even though mind and body practices show great promise in the treatment of adolescent anxiety, the associated financial constraints, lack of education, and structural barriers can hinder the integration of these practices into primary care.

Recognizing and treating Lyme disease

Saccomano, Scott J.; Hrelic, Debra A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(8):13-21, August 2018.

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States. After initial antibiotic treatment for patients with Lyme disease, ongoing symptoms that may persist have considerable long-term impact on healthcare costs. Posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome is characterized by a host of chronic symptoms that can leave patients physically and mentally disabled.

The human papilloma vaccine: A time for NP leadership

Hardwicke, Robin L.; Benjamins, Laura J.; Grimes, Richard M.

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(7):49-55, July 2018.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes approximately 30,700 annual cancer cases of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, oral cavity, and anus. Nurse practitioners can use their unique relationships with patients to advocate for the HPV vaccine. The purpose of this article is to update NPs on current knowledge regarding the HPV vaccine while providing appropriate information necessary for counseling patients and parents.

Adolescent use of electronic nicotine delivery systems

Vincent, Debra; Potts, Jeanne; Durbin, Jessica; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(3):17-21, March 12, 2018.

Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems is flourishing among adolescents. The long-term effects have not been fully determined; however, literature suggests there is potential for significant harm. Providers must be aware of usage trends, device safety, and product knowledge. Adolescents should be evaluated through routine screening, and cessation counseling should be initiated.

ADHD: From childhood to young adulthood

Wesemann, Daniel; Van Cleve, Susan N.

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(3):8-15, March 12, 2018.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 11% of children between the ages of 4 and 17 years. This article discusses performing a comprehensive assessment for ADHD, the use of validated tools to make an accurate diagnosis, physical exam findings that may be suggestive of certain conditions, and ADHD treatment options.

Responding to child sexual abuse disclosure

Dolan, Carolyn M.; Raber, Micki S.

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(12):18-26, December 15, 2017.

In cases of child sexual abuse (CSA), NPs are faced with a variety of options dictated by community, agency, and individual resources. This article looks at victim-centered care from current guidelines and offers resources for clinical practice decision making when responding to CSA disclosure.

HPV knowledge and vaccination rates in college-aged males: Implications for practice

McCutcheon, Tonna; Schaar, Gina

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(1):49-53, January 20th, 2017.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. College-aged males are at high risk for contracting HPV due to a lack of HPV knowledge and low vaccination rates.

Opening doors: The practice degree that changes practice

Brown, Marie Annette; Kaplan, Louise

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(4):35-42, April 17th, 2016.

This descriptive, qualitative research study describes the educational experience and preparation for future practice of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates at a Northwest university.

Suicide risk assessment in high-risk adolescents

Gray, Barbara P.; Dihigo, Sharolyn K.

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(9):30-37, September 13th, 2015.

A significant number of adolescents experience depression and other mental health disorders that may put them at risk for suicide. Depression and suicide risk screening can help healthcare providers prevent suicides in this population.

Food insecurity and food deserts

Camp, Nadine L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(8):32-36, August 15th, 2015.

Food insecurity has been steadily increasing in the United States with prevalence at nearly 15% of all households. Nurse practitioners can assess for food insecurity and provide resources for families without easy access to healthy foods.