Celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week

By April N. Kapu, DNP, PRN, CNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN Nov. 13-19 marks the 18th annual celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Week (NP Week), a time to recognize nurse practitioners (NPs) and their role in ensuring you have access to high-quality, person-centered health care.  As a proud NP and the president of the American Association […]

Three Self-Care Practices You Should Adopt

By Scharmaine Lawson, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN If you’ve read any magazines lately or had the pleasure of hearing a podcast, you know self-care is all the rage these days. From fitness enthusiasts to life coaches — and even your nurse practitioner (NP) — everyone stresses the importance of putting yourself first. You might ask, […]

Keys to Good Aging

By Johnnie S. Wijewardane, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP The aging process – it’s something we all face. Instead of dreading it as so many do, I recommend embracing aging as a new stage of life where you can build strength and happiness. The world’s older population demographic is increasing faster than ever, and this pattern […]

Overdose Awareness: End the Stigma and Make Change

By Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. Founded in 2001, this day acts as a time to reflect without judgment upon the lives that have been lost to opioid overdose and to promote the discussion of overdose prevention worldwide. It is a time to share resources for individuals who […]

Use the Best Tool Available to Stay Safe in the Sun — Sunscreen

By Leigh Ann Pansch, MSN, FNP-C, DCNP In my busy dermatology practice, I have many opportunities to ask my patients about their sunscreen use. I’m always amazed at the answers I hear, ranging from “never” to “always” to “only on my ears.” The truth is, I think there are still many myths and inaccuracies about […]

Optimal Care for People Living With Dementia

By Carolyn Clevenger, RN, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA, FAAN Dementias caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders, like Lewy body, frontotemporal or vascular dementia, are among the most frightening illnesses facing seniors. Nearly 7 million Americans are currently affected by dementia, and 11 million family members or friends provide unpaid care for these individuals. […]

A Nurse Practitioner’s Thoughts on Mental Health Awareness

By Kathleen T. McCoy, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP May is a wonderful month, filled with the newness of spring! Yet during springtime and throughout the year, many people may experience challenges thinking clearly or managing their emotions. If you can relate to these experiences, May might be an opportune time to take a self-inventory […]

Six Ways to Reduce the Effects of Stress

By Tearsanee Carlisle Davis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP “Stressed” — over the past two years, this is the response I have received from patients, friends, family and coworkers when I asked the simple question, How are you feeling? The pandemic brought with it many challenges that have disrupted all our lives in one way or […]

It’s National Sleep Awareness Month — What You Should Know About Sleep!

By Susan J. Corbridge, PhD, ACNP, FAANP, FCCP, FAAN Sleep is essential to physical and mental health, yet many people have difficulty getting good quality sleep or the amount of sleep recommended for their age group. Sleep restores and fuels the mind and sustains every system in the body. One of the most important things […]