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Abstract Chronic itch is a common condition that affects the quality of life of many patients and can often be difficult to treat. When managing a patient with itch, the first step requires identification of the underlying cause, which may be dermatologic or nondermatologic in nature. The process begins with a thorough history and physical examination, which may or may not be followed by laboratory tests and imaging. The appropriate treatment for each patient should be considered based on the di...
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#1Ana Diez Sampedro (FIU: Florida International University)
#2Arturo Gonzalez (FIU: Florida International University)
Last. Maria Olenick (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 4
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Abstract COVID-19 emerged in 2019 and rapidly became a global pandemic infecting millions, killing hundreds of thousands. The disease altered the practices of hospitals, clinics, and patients. These changes have implications for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). APRNs must remain current on best practices for treatment and diagnosis of COVID-19 while being cognizant of changes to their scope of practice. As the pandemic continues, APRNs will remain on the front lines treating COVID-19...
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Abstract Children are being seen more readily by nurse practitioners when behavioral concerns arise. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common and costly behavioral condition seen by nurse practitioners. ADHD may also affect children's sensory processing. Symptoms of ADHD often include those of sensory processing dysfunction. Sensory processing disorder, a condition in which sensory processing dysfunction impacts everyday functioning, is a condition commonly seen with ADHD. For...
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Abstract This case challenge describes a 75-year-old white male patient who presented to a private primary care practice with a 1-month history of right third digit numbness, tenderness, and discoloration despite there being no history of injury to the digit.
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Abstract The 2016 National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education described a preceptor as having the educational preparation or extensive clinical experience for clinical supervision. Preceptors are often unaware of teaching techniques, effective communication, and objective evaluation modes of student performance. Four 1-hour training modules for preceptors were developed to address these issues. Each illustrates communication and evaluation techniques to help nurse practitioner pr...
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Abstract Although prescription opioid abuse is a serious concern, patients are commonly prescribed opioids for postoperative pain management. This study sought to evaluate the efficacy of low-dose steroids to reduce postoperative pain and opioid use after lumbar laminectomy and/or discectomy. In the 10-day period postdischarge, patients prescribed a low-dose steroid reported decreased pain scores compared with those who were not prescribed a low-dose steroid; however, there was no associated sig...
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Abstract The objective of this study was to examine and compare the health outcomes of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and patients with pre–diabetes mellitus (pre-DM) who completed a medically supervised very low calorie diet (MS-VLCD) program. A retrospective chart review was conducted to examine anthropometric, metabolic, and pharmacologic markers pre and post medically supervised program completion. Results indicated that of the 267 participants, 74.5% had pre-DM and 25.5% had ty...
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Abstract The objective of this evidence-based project was to determine if a best practice alert (BPA) will decrease the number of oral antibiotic prescriptions for adults with acute bronchitis. The BPA is an electronic prompt that describes the guidelines for the treatment of acute bronchitis. The study sample included prescribing clinicians (N = 41) at 11 retail health clinics that are associated with 1 larger health care organization. A quantitative quasi-experimental pre-/post-study design wa...
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Abstract Dementia currently is a major health concern plaguing the globe that will only become more prevalent as people age. Although medications are available to slow the progression of the disease or improve symptoms, or both, dementia is currently incurable, irreversible, and a major cause of disability for the world’s older population. Identifying risk factors early and applying these risk factors to nurse practitioner practice can help ward off the disease. Although risk factors related to ...
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Abstract A women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) provides comprehensive care to women from menarche through senescence. Nurse practitioner curriculum prepares competent WHNPs by integrating both practice and clinical knowledge in the context of women’s values. We developed a course that focused directly on how the social, cultural, and political context of women’s lives, both past and present, has influenced women’s health to provide students the opportunity to fully immerse into these issues...
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