ADVANCE for NPs and PAs
July 2, 2015


Gluten-Free Diets for Healthy Patients

Today, thousands of patients are following gluten-free diets without any medical reason to do so. These patients are not in the 1% of the world's population diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Gluten-free diets are higher in fat, calories and meat than the typical gluten-containing diet. Many people gain weight on a gluten-free diet because they choose prepared gluten-free foods too often. A gluten-free diet contains fewer grains and whole grains, and most of the grains consumed are refined forms. To safely advise patients about gluten clinicians must first educate them about the substance.  Click here for a dietitian's perspective.

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Additional Degrees and Certifications

Additional certifications can serve as resume boosters as well as a comfort to patients. Knowing that you have taken extra steps to master the specialty you practice in can be reassuring. Based on interviews with clinicians, the consensus is clear: validating your expertise with additional training or certifications advances your career and improves the profession. As Raymond Shulstad, DNP, ARNP-C, BC, DCNP, put it, "Go for it, but know you have to go all in. You have to do it for the right reasons - not for more money, but to become an expert in your field and to expand your knowledge base. We owe it to our profession to give back and earn the highest degree that we can."  Is extra education worthwhile for your career?

Depression in Primary Care Settings

One in 10 U.S. adults reports being affected by depression. People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma or obesity are more likely to experience depression than people unaffected by ongoing illness. The prevalence of depression is a concern among primary care providers. To evaluate the effectiveness of clinicians providing mental health services in the community, a substantial amount of research and data are needed to assess clinical outcomes and formulate evidence-based treatment guidelines for management and follow-up care of depression.  Are you prepared?

Must Haves for Your Malpractice Policy

Let's be absolutely clear: If you are not covered by an employer's policy, you need to purchase your own insurance. Assuming you choose to buy a personal policy, despite coverage by an employer, what are the issues you should consider?  Learn more here.

When you sign in to your ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs account, all of your latest activity is displayed on your easy-to-read dashboard, including jobs you saved, jobs you applied to, searches you saved, resumes you built and cover letters you wrote. Having all of this information in one place helps you monitor your progress and make swift adjustments.