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April 2021 - Volume 46 - Issue 4
pp: 10-56

Editor's Memo

Medication Update


Pharmacogenetic testing: Clinical integration and application for chronic pain management

Fredrikson, Karin M.; Fasolino, Tracy

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):12-19, April 2021.

NPs commonly prescribe pharmaceutical therapies such as opiates, antidepressants, and/or other analgesics to improve the health and well-being of patients experiencing chronic pain. This article provides NPs with pharmacogenetic testing knowledge, such as readiness for clinical implementation, considerations for choosing a testing service, and testing costs for chronic pain management.

ASTHMA: NCPD Connection

Eosinophilic asthma and the role of monoclonal antibodies

Jarrell, Lynda

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):21-27, April 2021.

Eosinophilic asthma presents with continuous airway inflammation resistant to inhaled corticosteroids but responsive to oral glucocorticoids and monoclonal antibodies. Five monoclonal antibodies are used for treatment, with accurate diagnosis and early intervention essential to better outcomes.


Online interprofessional learning environment to prepare Doctor of Nursing Practice students for team-based primary care

Posey, Kimberly

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):29-32, April 2021.

This article describes the implementation of an online interprofessional education program for students in Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and dietetics programs to prepare them for team-based primary care.

Suicide detection and treatment in a nurse-led, interprofessional primary care practice: A 2-year report of quality data

Ketel, Christian; Hedges, Jordan P.; Smith, Jenna P.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):33-40, April 2021.

This article analyzes 2 years of quality improvement data after the implementation of a suicidality screening and treatment protocol in a primary care setting. Primary care practices may be viable tools to combat the nation's suicide epidemic.

Unique factors to the implementation of a disaster preparedness plan at Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana

Van Meter, Jessica; Lauderdale, Jana; Rohde, John Paul

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):41-49, April 2021.

This article aims to identify strengths, educational needs, practice improvement opportunities, and local factors that may contribute to the development/implementation of a disaster preparedness plan at Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana.


Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Rogers, Julia; Eastland, Taryn

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):50-55, April 2021.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic, relapsing condition encountered commonly in primary care with an estimated worldwide prevalence of up to 33%. GERD affects all age groups, races, and genders with 25% of the Western population experiencing heart burn at least once a month.