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Top Articles of 2021

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/25/2022
  • Contains:  10 items
This is a collection of The Nurse Practitioner's most viewed articles of 2021.
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33rd Annual APRN Legislative Update: Unprecedented changes to APRN practice authority in unprecedented times

Phillips, Susanne J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):27-55, January 2021.

In a year unlike any other in recent history, healthcare workers, including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), faced challenges and triumphs as the frontline in the battle against COVID-19. This 33rd Annual Legislative Update covers the scope of practice changes and legislative decisions that most impacted APRNs across the US in 2020.

Best practices in benzodiazepine prescribing and management in primary care

Champion, Claire; Kameg, Brayden N.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(3):30-36, March 2021.

Despite the lack of evidence regarding the long-term effectiveness of benzodiazepines and their potential harmful effects, prescriptions for the drug have significantly increased in the US over the past decade. This article reviews best practices for prescribing benzodiazepines in primary care and explains how providers can best prevent and treat benzodiazepine use disorder and other harmful effects.

Post-COVID conditions—What practitioners need to know

Waterbury, Susan

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(11):44-49, November 2021.

Up to 80% of patients have symptoms lasting 4-12 weeks or longer post infection with COVID-19. Persistent symptoms can be diverse and may include myalgia, insomnia, mobility issues, hair loss, loss of smell/taste, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and depression. More evidence will be forthcoming regarding long-term COVID-19 sequelae.

COVID-19 pneumonia: What APRNs should know

Avadhani, Amita; Cardinale, Maria; Akintade, Bimbola

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(7):22-28, July 2021.

COVID-19-associated pneumonia is a complex acute care diagnosis that requires careful evaluation and management. This article includes pertinent recommendations for management of acutely ill patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.

Pulmonary function testing for the primary care nurse practitioner

Smith, Whitney; Chinnis, Simone; Durham, Catherine; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(12):14-20, December 2021.

Knowledge of which pulmonary function tests are commonly performed in primary care and interpretation of their results is integral for the diagnosis, care, and management of those with pulmonary symptoms. This article provides an overview of the most common pulmonary function tests and interpretation of their results.

Approach to a patient with hypertensive urgency in the primary care setting

Benenson, Irina; Bradshaw, Molly J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(10):50-55, October 2021.

Patients who present to an outpatient office with hypertensive urgency—or severely elevated BP without evidence of acute target organ damage—can be safely treated in the ambulatory setting by initiating or reestablishing long-acting oral antihypertensive medications, addressing medication nonadherence, and reviewing precipitating factors.

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Acute pharyngitis

Rogers, Julia; Eastland, Taryn

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(5):48-54, May 2021.

This is a 12-part series on the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care. The article discusses the pathophysiologic processes of acute pharyngitis as well as the clinical manifestations and treatments and how they are linked to disease pathogenesis.

Current best practices in emergency evaluation and management of syncope

Geer, Brandon

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(8):24-31, August 2021.

Syncope is a common medical presentation that can cost the US healthcare system up to $2.4 billion dollars annually. Much of this cost can be mitigated with proper evaluation and management in the urgent care setting as well as appropriate use of a risk stratification system.

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Abdominal pain

Rogers, Julia; Schallmo, Marianne

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):13-20, January 2021.

Abdominal pain affects nearly every person at some point in their lifetime. Abdominal pain may be vague or referred, often making the diagnosis elusive and challenging for NPs. This article reviews the pathophysiology of abdominal pain in relation to clinical manifestations, differential diagnoses, and treatment.