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Best of 2019 Collection

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   12/10/2019
  • Contains:  10 items
A collection of our top articles from 2019.
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31st Annual APRN Legislative Update: Improving state practice authority and access to care

Phillips, Susanne J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(1):27-55, January 2019.

The Annual Legislative Update describes recent legislative and regulatory changes to practice, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority that have the most impact on NPs and other advanced practice registered nurses across the country.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Diagnosis and management

Pfieffer, Mary Lauren

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(3):30-35, March 2019.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder. Patients may present with a combination of hyperandrogenism symptoms, menstrual irregularities, metabolic syndrome, infertility, acne, and obesity. PCOS diagnosis is based on three diagnostic guidelines. Treatment options include oral contraceptive pills, antiandrogens, and metformin. NPs can improve diagnosed patients' quality of life through education about this disorder.

Managing dyslipidemia for CVD prevention: A review of recent clinical practice guidelines

Ciffone, Nicole A.; Copple, Tina

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(1):8-16, January 2019.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology and the American College of Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guideline is a comprehensive, practical tool that can be used to diagnose and manage dyslipidemia, a major risk for the development and progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Effective therapies are available to improve lipid profiles and reduce cardiovascular events.

Acute compartment syndrome: An orthopedic emergency

Harding, Margaret Meyer

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(4):23-28, April 2019.

Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a true orthopedic emergency. NPs in all settings should be able to recognize ACS to ensure swift surgical intervention is not delayed. This article highlights a systematic approach to exam and diagnosis.

Treating pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Heavey, Elizabeth; Peterson, Kathleen

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(3):44-49, March 2019.

Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) can be caused by infectious and noninfectious triggers. NPs can help children with PANS recover from their symptoms and prevent future recurrences by appropriately screening, recognizing, and diagnosing the clinical presentation of PANS. PANS treatment includes pharmacologic therapies as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.

An NP's guide to diagnosing and treating alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Newell, Judith A.; Donahue, Christine; Hogarth, D. Kyle

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(4):13-21, April 2019.

As NPs play an increasingly vital role in primary care, they must be well versed in a variety of conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a respiratory disease with a particularly low awareness in both the nursing profession and the wider medical community. This article provides an overview of AAT deficiency and includes guidance for diagnosing the disease.

Managing insomnia in older adults

Hedges, Christine; Gotelli, John

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(9):16-24, September 2019.

NPs frequently care for patients with complaints of insomnia in the hospital and community settings. Because older adults with insomnia present unique challenges for successful management, NPs should understand the latest assessment and treatment options.

Use of GLP-1 receptor agonists in patients with T2DM and chronic kidney disease

Aldrich, Sarah; Ashjian, Emily

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(3):20-28, March 2019.

Diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the US. An increasing number of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists are available for diabetes management. Differences between medications in this class, as well as limited data on patients with CKD, underscore the importance of a patient-centered approach to care.