About One DNP

I earned my "terminal practice" degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in a journey of excitement and challenge. It inspired me to advocate for an all encompassing clinical credential rather than continuing the hodgepodge of nonsensical initials. I hope these entries will provide entertainment and insight into the Doctor of Nursing Practice experience, which will soon be the entry standard for all advanced practice nurses.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

APNA27 Abstract Accepted

Wow! Three years running I have been honored to have my work accepted at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. I have put to rest my social networking research and gone back to my roots of practice and interest.  Check out the summery, and get ready for APNA27 this October in San Antonio!

 Serotonin OTC: The Latest in Mental Health Nutraceuticals 

Abstract:  The U.S. vitamin and supplement industry grosses nearly $30 billion per year with a growing number of products targeted to the prevention and alleviation of mental health related conditions. Although the industry is regulated by the FDA and products must adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), broad claims of efficacy for mood, sleep, concentration, and other general psychiatric symptoms are not subject to scientific validation. Popular nutraceuticals including GABA, n-acetylcysteine (NAC), and Ashwagandha are advertised as natural alternatives or augmenters to standard psycho-pharmacy, and while consumers who self-medicate without informing their providers may experience a measurable benefit, they put themselves at risk for deleterious outcomes. Consumer interest, desire to decrease pill burden, and product proliferation in the marketplace have encouraged increased research to substantiate health claims, determine potential interactions with medication, and provide a basis for recommendation. This presentation will provide an overview of the functions of 10 common and novel mental health focused nutraceuticals, evaluate the base of evidence for implementation into practice, and provide strategies for educating patients on appropriate use of OTC supplements.

Presentation Summary:  This presentation provides an overview of the functions of common and novel mental health focused nutraceuticals, evaluates the base of evidence for implementation into practice, and provides strategies for educating patients on appropriate use of OTC supplements.

Objective 1:  Identify the key functions of 10 nutraceuticals supplements frequently used in management of mental health disorders.
Objective 2:  Describe potential interactions between classes of psychiatric medication and OTC mental health nutraceuticals.
Objective 3:  Evaluate the evidence base for use of OTC mental health supplements in PMH practice

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rats! Foiled Again.

For yet (what is it, the third year in a row?) legislative session, the Kentucky senate figures our rural population can take their health problems and shove them in the coal mine. Enormous problems with obesity, smoking-related illness, and opiate abuse are prevalent all over the state, but hey, just think how much worse it would be if Nurse Practitioners were allowed to get involved by administering independent care to the full scope of their training and practice? Because after all, Nurse Practitioners are just a bunch of greedy harpies who were too dumb to get into medical school, have totally rigged the statistics showing cost-effective and equivalent outcomes in primary care, and are only in the healthcare business to divert narcotics, defraud the public, and take money out of the hands of the poor, selfless, hardworking medical doctors who work in cities.

This is why I can never run for office.

Here is the official press release from the AANP:

Access to Health Care
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners expresses disappointment
AUSTIN, TX (March 28, 2013)–

Angela Golden, President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), said today that the Kentucky legislature's failure to act on Senate Bill 43 will make it harder for state residents to obtain quality health care by barring access to direct and comprehensive services provided by nurse practitioners (NPs).

"The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is extremely disappointed that Kentucky continues to prevent patients from directly accessing high-quality health care services provided by NPs. Nowhere in the industry is it acceptable to limit patients the best that health care had to offer not two or even three, but four decades ago. However, that is exactly what states are doing when we keep these dated state practice laws in place.

"The health care services we provide – writing prescriptions, evaluating patients, making diagnoses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and managing acute and chronic health conditions – have been proven safe and effective for more than 40 years. There are more than 60 medically underserved counties across the state and every one would have benefited from the provisions in this bill.
"It is equally disappointing that the community of organized medicine in Kentucky went beyond simply opposing the bill by introducing counter legislation to increase state restrictions on NPs. This move flies in the face of recommendations by a growing number of independent entities (e.g., the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine) that call for modernizing state practice laws governing NPs. Such organizations understand that these changes are necessary in today's health care environment.

"The legislation that was before the Kentucky legislature did not expand NPs' scope of practice. It simply retired an outdated, bureaucratic piece of paper that prevents patients from having direct and full access to NP care. Removing this dated provision would have opened access points in rural and underserved counties, and streamlined care in all sites around the state.

"AANP and those who supported these measures remain committed to ensuring access and health delivery improvement. These pro-patient bills are planned to be reintroduced in 2014."

Lets get this fixed! For some real-world social networking, meet me in Las Vegas for the AANP national conference. For all of the details and registration, visit the AANP National Conference Page  

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