New and Noteworthy

A forum for discussion on recent news and developments in healthcare and the NP field.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


This is a heartwarming video of Nashville nurse Olivia Neufelder singing “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy to dying patient Margaret Smith. The patient was awaiting a liver transplant but passed away 6 days after being told she would not be receiving one.  

Friday, June 30, 2017



As traditional manufacturing jobs are disappearing in the U.S., so are the number of men willing to work in some of the fastest growing jobs in the economy—as nurses and home health care aides. Not only do men find these jobs to be unmanly, so do their spouses and others in the industry. Per the New York Times, "about 20 million men between the prime working ages of 20 and 65 had no paid work in 2015, and seven million men have stopped looking altogether." However, as of April, the largest gap between vacancies and hires of any sector were in the health care industry.

While traditional ideas of masculinity are holding back prospective employees from applying for these jobs, so are the ideas of many clients who remain reluctant to invite unknown men into their homes. "Clients are worried about abuse or sexual predation, and convinced that women will be more caring," said Sherwin Sheik, president and chief executive of CareLinx, which matches caregivers with families. Longstanding ideas about men in these positions will not change unless men begin to enter these positions.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017



The Nurse Practitioner journal's Author of the Year Award winner Bryan A. Krumm, MSN, RN, CNP, BC is petitioning to have cannabis passed from control under the Controlled Substances Act to the states so that medical, recreational, and religious uses can be developed. Be sure to read his petition, which was sent to acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chuck Rosenberg and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Stay up-to-date on the latest from Mr. Krumm on his website, and check out his Facebook page @harmonypsych.

Epidemiological and clinical data have proven the incredible safety of cannabis as evidenced by DEA’s own administrative law judge concluding in 1988 that "Marijuana in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any rational analysis, marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care" and went on to find that "the evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision."

[Cannabis Petition]
[Harmony Psychiatric, LLC]

Monday, April 10, 2017



Students at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions are using the i-Human Patients Case Player, which simulates a complete medical patient encounter with animated avatars, human physiology and pathophysiology, virtual histopathology, and 3D anatomy to help improve patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. The patient simulator provides practical clinical experience to students prior to training with actual patients.

With over 500 cases to choose from (varying in difficulty from learner to master diagnostician), students can ask their virtual patient questions, order tests, and assess breathing and cough—all of which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere using a web browser (no apps or downloads necessary). The i-Human Patients Case Player is a supplemental learning tool to medical simulation mannequins, allowing students and skilled professionals to hone their cognitive/diagnostic skills.

Kevin Nusspickel, a student in the Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University, believes that using the software has already improved his skills. "I've become more systematic in my approach, and I definitely feel more thorough," he states. Other students have said that the software has helped them learn how to ask the proper questions in order to get useful information from patients.

The i-Human Patients Case Player is a product of i-Human Patients, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA and is used by several other nursing schools. Click here for a video tutorial on the software.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Michael Phelps may have made it trendy, but cupping has been around since 1550 B.C.1 First used by the Egyptians, this therapy practice uses both dry and wet cupping methods to create suction on the skin. The suction cups help with pain management, inflammation, blood flow to muscles, and overall wellbeing.1 It is no surprise why many of the Olympic athletes have taken to this Egyptian therapy by storm.

During the dry cupping therapy, a flammable substance (such as alcohol) is applied inside of the cup and set on fire. As the fire diminishes, the cup is lowered onto the skin, and the cooling air creates a vacuum. The blood vessels begin to expand as the skin rises and reddens from the vacuum's pressure. Some therapists create this vacuum with rubber pumps rather than fire.1

Wet cupping is quite similar but requires a second suction after the therapist makes slight cuts to draw out any blood. Proper creams and bandages are provided after the therapies to prevent infection. Any redness, bruising, or marks will dissipate after 10 days.1

Centuries later, this therapy continues to prove its relevance and efficacy, as more people are intrigued to try it and are satisfied with the results. Michael Phelps did win 6 Olympic medals (5 of them gold) after all. . .
1.  WebMD. What is cupping therapy?​