ADVANCE for NPs and PAs
April 23, 2015

Diabetes Management

Skin Issues in Diabetes

Diabetes destroys skin cells on a daily basis. The integrity of the skin may change from visit to visit, and it is a reflection of current health and metabolic control. Examine the skin, including the toes, feet, hands and scalp, at every visit. Good skincare helps prevent problems before they become complications and increase morbidity risk.  NPs and PAs are an integral part of patients' skin health.

Acute Multifocal Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy

Acute multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy is an acquired inflammatory disorder affecting the retina, retinal pigment epithelium and choroid in young adults. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants should be aware that this disease of the eye is more common in women than in men, typically in younger healthy women ages 20 to 30. No racial preference has been noted. This case also underscores the importance of including questions about the patient's vision in the history.  Learn more here.

NADNP Releases Position Statement

NADNP founder and President Debra Shelby explains the organization's opposition to the American Academy of Dermatology's (ADD) DermCare Team program, which requires the direct supervision of advanced practice providers. "To restrict the scope of practice within one specialty demonstrates an unfair and an unrealistic approach to any healthcare 'team," she said. "While NADNP is in favor of a dermatologist being a leader of a dermatology team, NADNP does not support the restriction of practice or trade of any non-physician provider."  What do you think?

Creating a Model for Professional Advancement

The roles of advanced practice providers (APP) - nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants - continue to evolve. Successful role integration for an APP includes promoting professional advancement and growth to maximize organizational contributions and personal job satisfaction.  Find out how one template could set a national standard.

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