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Best of 2020 Collection

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   12/9/2020
  • Contains:  10 items
Check out this collection of our top articles from 2020.
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32nd Annual APRN Legislative Update: Improving access to high-quality, safe, and effective healthcare

Phillips, Susanne J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(1):28-55, January 2020.

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.

Treatment update: Outpatient management of community-acquired pneumonia

Esden, Jana

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(3):16-25, March 2020.

Pneumonia is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the US and a primary cause of hospitalization nationwide. A recent guideline update from the American Thoracic Society and Infectious Diseases Society of America provides evidence-based recommendations for managing adults with community-acquired pneumonia in the outpatient setting.

Pain management for patients with chronic kidney disease in the primary care setting

Lowe, Kevin M.; Robinson, Danny R. Jr.

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(1):18-26, January 2020.

Pain is routinely reported in patients with chronic kidney disease. Pain is often multifaceted, making the treatment of this complex patient population even more challenging. Understanding pain types as well as treatment options for these patients with pain is an important skillset for the primary care provider.

The therapeutic versatility of antihistamines: A comprehensive review

Shirley, David W.; Sterrett, James; Haga, Neal; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(2):8-21, February 2020.

Antihistamines are common and readily available medications for primary care patients and those seeking over-the-counter treatments. This article provides an overview of available antihistamines, their mechanisms of action, safety concerns in specific populations, and their therapeutic uses in several common conditions.

Screening for diabetic kidney disease in primary care: A quality improvement initiative

Deem, Michelle; Rice, Jennifer; Valentine, Kathleen; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(4):34-41, April 2020.

Gaps in care currently exist between diabetic kidney disease (DKD) guidelines and diabetes management in primary care settings. This article explores whether a local Federally Qualified Health Center could improve rates of screening for microalbuminuria, diagnosis of DKD, and treatment of the disorder in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Infertility management in primary care

Thable, Angela; Duff, Elsie; Dika, Cheryl

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):48-54, May 2020.

Infertility is a growing issue for couples. Primary care NPs can manage initial treatment as well as address the emotional and financial burdens of patients experiencing infertility. NPs can provide timely access to investigations and treatment, helping patients achieve their goal of pregnancy sooner.

The ABCs of atrial fibrillation

El Hussein, Mohamed Toufic; Kilfoil, Lauren

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(8):28-33, August 2020.

This article provides an outline of the diagnosis and pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. A mnemonic is introduced for atrial fibrillation treatment guidelines based on recent evidence. Mnemonics use has been associated with improved learning and task organization. Articles using mnemonics to inform clinical practice have been well-received and implemented.

Pediatric hypertension: A guideline update

Benenson, Irina; Waldron, Frederick A.; Porter, Sallie

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):16-23, May 2020.

The prevalence of pediatric hypertension is growing. Hypertension during childhood remains a major risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events later in life. NPs should be aware of current guidelines on screening, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension in children to improve care for this patient population.

Diabetes-associated cardiac autonomic neuropathy

Wooton, Angela K.; Melchior, Lynne

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(2):24-31, February 2020.

Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is an under diagnosed cardiovascular complication associated with diabetes. As the incidence of diabetes increases in an aging population, NPs can help prevent complications associated with diabetes and CAN.

Primary care of children with autism spectrum disorder: Applying evidence-based interventions

Kilmer, Michele

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(6):33-41, June 2020.

Pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD) consists of multisystem components that primary care providers (PCPs) must address. PCPs improve health outcomes associated with ASD when they administer developmental screening tools and thoroughly assess identified concerns.