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Point-of-care ultrasound: An emerging clinical tool to enhance physical assessment

Point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) is a cost-effective diagnostic technology that, with training, is accessible, portable, and a convenient diagnostic modality to complement physical assessments. PoCUS is beneficial in that it can reduce the number of imaging tests required, while also mitigating barriers to healthcare for rural and remote communities.

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CHEST: Mnemonic approach to manage pulmonary embolism

Acute pulmonary embolism is a challenging and potentially fatal disease that requires prompt assessment and precise management. Due to the lack of specific symptoms, NPs need to know how to identify a pulmonary embolism to manage it safely. This article discusses risk factors, initial approach, and diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism using pretest probability and risk stratification tools. A mnemonic is proposed to guide medical management.

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Capacity building in low- and middle-income countries: The essentials of sustainable education programs

NPs are an essential resource in the organization and creation of capacity-building efforts to improve healthcare across the globe. There are limited data to guide the creation of effective supplementary education projects. Recent evidence highlights the essential components of sustainability, curriculum development, and program evaluation.

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Shared decision-making to improve medication adherence

Shared decision-making is recommended in many clinical practice guidelines. Using a case study of medication adherence, this paper demonstrates how providers can utilize the concepts of shared decision-making to improve treatment decisions and increase patient self-efficacy in carrying out the plan of care.

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