ADVANCE for NPs and PAs
August 20, 2015

Opinions & Essays

Smoking Cessation

According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the most preventable cause of death in United States. One-fifth of deaths from heart disease are caused by cigarette smoking. NPs and PAs see many different forms of tobacco related illnesses. Patients come in with a variety of issues, from high blood pressure to shortness of breath to chest pain. It is the providers job to recognize what is acute versus non acute and to treat accordingly.  Click here for a straightforward guide with new information for NPs and PAs.

2015 National Salary Survey

Unhappy with your salary? Make sure you complete our salary survey so that it will provide support for your raise request next year! The applicability of results depends on participation by you and your colleagues. Results will be available in January 2016 and will include national and state-by-state salary comparisons, as well as earnings by job title, work setting, highest degree and more.  Visit our homepage and take the survey now!

Is the DNP a Terminal Practice Degree?

Questioning whether the doctor of nursing practice degree is a terminal degree may seem senseless, since a doctorate degree designates a terminal degree in any discipline. Earning the degree tells the world that the recipient has completed educational preparation that qualifies him or her to use this academic and professional degree designation. That is not in question. The deeper question is whether or not the DNP degree is reflective of a terminal degree in the practice of nursing.  Does the DNP degree truly reflect the pinnacle of nursing practice?

Gut-to-Brain Health

In recent years, interest in probiotic formulations and their role in gastrointestinal (GI) health has increased. Indeed, these microorganisms are known to have beneficial effects in the treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and other GI-related disturbances. Recent research is identifying relationships and communication between the GI tract and central nervous system function, specifically with regard to anxiety and stress.  The effects of probiotics on mood and emotion are slowly being identified.