October 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 10
pp: 5-56

Editor's Memo

Education Matters: New!

Acute Care Advisor

Legal File

Literature Review

Guide to Care for patients

Medication Update


Diagnosing Diabetes with A1C: Implications and considerations for measurement and surrogate markers

Hill, Alethea N.; Appel, Susan J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(10):16-23, October 2010.

The ADA recently endorsed assessing the level of a patient's glycated hemoglobin A1C as a method for diagnosing diabetes and discussed the value in estimated average glucose (eAG), hemoglobin variants, as well as the variability of lab testing versus point-of-care devices. NPs should understand the meaning of the test values as well as the tests' accuracy to make clinical decisions.


Treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation

White, Megan M.

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(10):25-29, October 2010.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, affecting 2.3 million people in the United States. Based on current trends, some researchers estimate that 12 to 15 million people could be diagnosed with AF by the year 2050.


Providing optimal care for children with developmental disorders

Garzon, Dawn Lee; Thrasher, Carrie; Tiernan, Kendra

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(10):30-39, October 2010.

Many NPs are not satisfied with their skill level in the management of children with developmental disorders. NPs, however, will likely encounter many children with these disorders, and need to educate themselves on how to diagnose and monitor this population.


Dermal fillers Help patients put their best face forward

Czerkasij, Victor

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(10):43-47, October 2010.

Injectable dermal fillers offer the advantage of quick, relatively inexpensive, and increasingly longer-lasting results for facial wrinkles and deeper folds. NPs need to understand the differences between the types of fillers and their use as many supportive scope-of-practice bylaws allow NPs to perform these injections.


Unwanted sex: Health and risk behaviors in college women

Fontenot, Holly B.; Fantasia, Heidi Collins

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(10):49-53, October 2010.

Approximately 16% of all women in the U.S. have experienced rape or attempted rape during their lifetime, and a high proportion occurs during the college years; approximately 20–25% of college-aged women have reported some type of sexual assault. The purpose of this research was to understand college women's health behaviors related to unwanted sex.