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January 2006 - Volume 31 - Issue 1
pp: 5-72

Editor's Memo

Medication Update

18th Annual Legislative Update: A comprehensive look at the legislative issues affecting advanced nursing practice

Phillips, Susanne J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(1):6-38, January 2006.

The Nurse Practitioner is proud to present the eighteenth annual update on legislative issues affecting advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) across the country. This report has become highly regarded in the United States for not only the nurse practitioner profession, but also for regulatory agencies, state nurse practitioner associations, healthcare administrations, and state legislators.


CAP Management Guidelines

Miskovich-Riddle, Lynn; Keresztes, Patricia A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(1):43-53, January 2006.

There are an estimated 2 to 5 million cases of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) per year in the United States, leading to more than 10 million outpatient visits, 500,000 hospitalizations, and 45,000 deaths. Patient education is instrumental to prevent both the acquisition and spread of CAP.


Barriers to Autonomous Practice

Kaplan, Louise; Brown, Marie-Annette; Andrilla, Holly; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(1):57-63, January 2006.

This article describes a Washington State law enacted in 2000 that mandated indirect physician involvement and a study on whether or not this eliminated barriers to nurse practitioner (NP) practice. The study also investigated the impact this had on Schedule II-IV prescriptive authority for NPs. Using the research from this article in testimony, NPs were able to eliminate the indirect physician involvement requirement in 2005.