Top 50 Nurse Educator Blogs

by admin on May 24, 2010

One of the more interesting careers available in the health care field is that of nurse practitioner. Often, nurse practitioners have advanced degrees, and are able to diagnose and treat diseases, including prescribing medication. In many cases, nurse practitioners serve as educators, keeping their patients up to date with the latest health practices, and even helping teach in nursing programs. If you want to learn more about nursing as a career, degrees in nursing, or about nurse educators, you can get good direction from these, 50 of the top nurse educator blogs: [click to continue…]

As any doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care professional knows, the body is an interesting system. In many ways, it’s like a machine, with many complex parts. There is a lot to learn about the body and how it works, as well as how its different systems interact to create a larger system. Here are 49 interesting YouTube videos that can help you learn about the human body: [click to continue…]

Twitter provides a great resource for medical practitioners, including nurse practitioners. You can find peers of like mind or students who may need your support. You can find educators and coaches who can help NPs find their niche, or resources such as organizations designed for NPs or RNs who can help boost the NP’s career. The following list contains all this and much more. [click to continue…]

All About the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

by admin on December 02, 2009

As to protect against the H1N1 Flu influenza this season, according to the scientific research and news published in various journals 2009 H1N1 vaccine has been developed to provide protection against the deadly 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that is also known as “swine flu”. The discoveries have been made for two type of 2009 H1N1 vaccines.

A 2009 H1N1 “flu shot”: It is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is provided with a needle, usually in the arm. It is given over for showing the same symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu as same as to seasonal flu. This vaccine is for giving to people over 6 months or older by age, healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. And the producers for 2009 H1N1 flu shot for use are same who are for seasonal flu shots.

The 2009 H1N1 nasal spray flu vaccine: This vaccine is prepared from the live weakened viruses which can not cause flu. Patients who can receive seasonal nasal spray vaccine can also have 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine. It is approved for the use in people from 2 years to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.  In United States this vaccine is prepared by MedImmune is the same company which prepare seasonal nasal spray vaccine called “FluMist ®.”  2 weeks later of vaccination antibodies gets developed in the body to provide safety against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

Time to Get Vaccinated

The vaccination against 2009 H1N1 should begin as soon as possible on availability of it. However, the months of December, January and beyond are the best period of the year when vaccination should be done as flu season last as late as April or May.   It is presumed that there would be waves of 2009 H1N1 activity in 2009-2010 flu season that would hit hard over communities over the course if the season. 2009 H1N1 viruses are to be the most common reason for influenza this time and around the period of time.

Supply of Vaccine

As to provide the Vaccine to needy people, the US government has procured nearly 250 million doses of vaccine for an easy availability and prompt vaccination.

Who is needed to be Vaccinated?

On recommendation of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) it is agreed that vaccination efforts would focus upon the five target groups who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 influenza or related complications due to their occupation that could transmit influenza viruses to others in medical care settings or are in close contacts of infants younger than 6 months. Initial target groups are pregnant women, people who live or provide care to infants younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical service personnel, and people from 6 months to the age of 24 years. And people from 25 years to 64 years with suffering from medical condition that put them into at higher risk or for influenza related complications.

However, government has made best effort to ensure no one should be infected with this deadly disease.

It is well debated how Nurse Practitioners are influencing over the healthcare scenario in America. According to a research, nearly Eight million Americans have not any insurance cover and 25% of the population is uninsured. This has forced a larger chunk of American population to seek shelter of primary health care services. As only one-fourth of medical school graduates select residencies in primary care specialties in family medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology have significant gaps in terms of services.

In view of this grim picture of health care scenario in America, it is the Nurse Practitioners (NPs) who are ably qualified with advanced practice skills to meet out the increased demand of primary care services. Nurse Practitioners have shown the capacity to provide health care to many groups that require medical attention like children, women, migrant workers, the homeless, and the elderly in unconventional places like schools, work sites, and health departments.

After observing this much status and scope of Nursing Practitioner in health care industry Schools of Nursing are investing in resources in abundance for preparing NPs in graduation. However, legal status as provided to APNs under various states varies.  The Nurse Practice Act legislated in each state of the U.S. has all the requirements specified for each of the state. As now registered nurses are authorized to provide services for primary health promotion, disease prevention, and assessment of health status yet debate is still needed for degree of independence, perspective authority and reimbursement for APN services.

Advanced Practice Nurse (APNs) are registered professional nurses, with a license to practice due to knowledge and learning which they have acquired from a post-basic or advanced education program as acceptable to the State Board of Nurse Examiners.   The APN can practice independently and/or in collaboration with other health care professionals to provide better health care services. They can also manage acute illnesses under chronic conditions in a variety of settings. They are tiled as under as Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Certified Nurse Anesthetist.

As to meet out the health care needs of the Americans, APNs are qualified to sort out the unaddressed needs in primary health care industry by serving individual’s point of first contact with health care system.  This way APNs provide personalized, client-oriented, comprehensive collection of health care tips over a period of time.  This way it can be understood that role of NPs is increasing in American society accordingly to change with society and health care needs of the consumers as well as patients as large. And finally NPs can fit better into the role of provider, mentor, educator, researcher and administrator.

Online Nurse Practitioner Degree

by admin on November 23, 2009

With the rapid growth in the health industry, nurse practitioners are on high demand. There are many institutions offering online courses in the field of Nurse Practitioner. The courses range from certificate to PhD courses in different areas of specialization. Enrolling for online programs as a nursing practitioner gives one the chance of having a great career in the future.

To be able to access and know the schools offering online courses on nurse practitioners you can visit various website links such as Onlinenursepractitioner.com. In such links there are long lists of the schools offering the online programs.

You can also learn on how to get scholarships and financial aid information in this course by checking in the program links. Studying as a nurse practitioner online has enabled different people pursue different courses hence building their careers in this esteemed profession. The schedule of the programs offered is flexible allowing one to be able to continue studying while working.

There are different fields in the nurse practitioner field that are being offered online. One can choose in which field to specialize. If you are not sure of the field to specialize, consider doing a general course in as a nurse practitioner then can select from the multiple options in the future.

When choosing an online program in nurse practitioning, try to compare the different schools and check which one you will be comfortable pursuing your degree in. Choose an institution that will offer an accredited degree and one that can offer financial aid incase you can’t afford the fee. The financial aid they offer can either be government or private loans. The school you choose to enroll for the online degree should be a reputable school; as this will give you higher chances of getting a job with reputable institutions.

The time required to complete an online program as a nurse practitioner varies based on the level of the study. Generally a degree program can take up to 5 years or more while a certificate takes up to a year. But generally studying the courses online will be less time consuming and will take less time compared to enrolling for traditional programs.