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December 2005 - Volume 30 - Issue 12
pp: 12-70

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Medication Update

Recognizing and Managing Anemia

Holcomb, Susan Simmons

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(12):16-31, December 2005.

Anemia is defined as a decrease in red blood cell (RBC) mass. However, direct measurement of RBC mass is expensive and time consuming. For this reason, anemia is measured via an RBC count, hemoglobin concentration, and hematocrit concentration. Anemia is a symptom of another problem, so the major treatment will aim to correct the underlying problem or disease state.

Coarctation of the Aorta: A Critical Catch For Newborn Well-Being

Taylor, Mary Lou

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(12):34-43, December 2005.

Newborns with coarctation of the aorta (COA) often have completely normal examinations. Nurse practitioners must be aware of the clinical indicators of COA because they are among the first healthcare professionals to evaluate infants. Prompt referral to a pediatric cardiologist, diagnosis, and treatment greatly improve infant survival rates and decrease both short- and long-term health complications.


Stepping Up Foot Injury Diagnosis: Jones, Lisfranc, and Charcot

Buttke, Jacqueline

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(12):46-52, December 2005.

Orthopedic injuries are among the most challenging conditions for primary care providers. Foot afflictions that are often undiagnosed are the Jones fracture, Lisfranc injury, and Charcot arthropathy. Delays in diagnosing these foot injuries can cause delays in treatment, which may result in long-term pain, disability, and functional limitation.


Does RN Experience Relate to NP Clinical Skills?

Rich, Ellen R.

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(12):53-56, December 2005.

Generally, a registered nurse wishing to become a nurse practitioner (NP) enters a Master’s NP program with at least 1 year of experience. However, some schools admit students directly to graduate NP study without prior nursing experience. Are inexperienced nurses competent to enter advanced NP practice?