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Patient Navigator Certificate Broadens Career Roles For RNs
The Shenandoah University Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing is offering a Patient Navigator Certificate (PNC) for licensed registered nurses (RNs) seeking to pursue Continuing Education credits. Hospitals and large physician practices nationwide are enrolling individuals as well as groups of up to 20 RNs into the program because of its ability to manage complex cases more cost effectively and lower readmission costs by helping patients make well-informed health care decisions.
“Coordination of complex care requires the expertise of registered nurses, as there is no substitute for their assessment skills and knowledge base in handling patient care,” said Lisa M. Darsch, MSN, RN, director of the Patient Navigation Certificate program.
Navigators Bridge the Gap
Navigators fill the education voids that are sometimes left in the hospital discharge process by being readily available to
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Am I Too Sick To Work?
You’re sniffling, sneezing, and your nose is running like a faucet. It’s about that time of year when people everywhere are faced with the question: am I too sick to work?
“I see a lot of patients whose jobs and stress make them feel torn between staying home and going in when they’re sick,” says primary care physician and infectious disease specialist Robin Wigmore, MD. “But viral infections like the common cold and flu are contagious. It’s important to consider your coworkers health as well.”
Before packing up your tissues for the office, make an informed decision by asking yourself some simple questions:
How long have I been feeling sick?
“You are most contagious in the first 48 hours of a viral illness,” says Wigmore. “This is often even before you begin feeling symptoms.”
This means staying home at the first sign of symptoms can reduce the risk of spreading your illness, while
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Eleven Health Screening Tests Every Woman Should Have
You’re exercising on a regular basis, trying to eat right and even reserving some me-time to relax and recharge during your busy day. That’s great. But are you also getting the health screenings that every woman should have?
Health screenings can detect disease when it’s most treatable, and, in many cases, prevent serious health problems that can develop if a medical condition is left unchecked.
Work with your physician to schedule the right screenings, says family medicine specialist Lili Lustig, DO. Your doctor will take into consideration your age, overall health, family history and current medical concerns.
Which Health Screenings to Get
Lili Ann Lustig, DO, recommends women have these 11 tests:
Pap and human papilloma virus (HPV) tests. Between ages 20 to 30, you should have a Pap and HPV screening to look for pre- or early cervical cancer and the HPV virus.
“Women ages 30 to
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Nurse Practitioner Role Continues To Grow To Meet Primary Care Provider Shortages And Patient Demands
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) released both the new national nurse practitioner (NP) count and findings from its 2018 National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey. As of January, a record of more than 270,000 nurse practitioners (estimated) are licensed to practice in the United States. This number jumped from an estimated 248,000 NPs in March 2018 and is substantially higher than the estimated 120,000 NPs reported in 2007. Patients are benefiting now more than ever before from the high quality, comprehensive, patient-centered health care services provided by nurse practitioners.
"NPs are the providers of choice for millions of patients," said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, FAANP. "Current provider shortages, especially in primary care, are a growing concern, yet the growth of the NP role is addressing that concern head-on. The faith patients hav