Nurse Practitioners Sweep Three U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs Rankings

Profession Ranks #1 for Best Job, Health Care Job and STEM Job AUSTIN, TEXAS (Jan. 11, 2024) —The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) applauds the recognition of nurse practitioners (NPs) in U.S News & World Report’s “Best Jobs” rankings for 2024, which lists the profession first in three categories. In its recently released rankings, […]

Influenza: Prevention is Important Because We All Breathe

By Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, APRN, CIC With the seasons changing, we begin thinking about holiday get-togethers with friends and family. Unfortunately, not all guests will be invited — and one of these is influenza, i.e., the flu. Each year, millions of people around the world will become ill with the flu. The Centers for […]

The ABCs of Diabetes Management

By Doreen Cassarino, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP November is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness of the diabetes epidemic. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 37.3 million people have diabetes and, unfortunately, 8.5 million people are […]

Navigating Breast Cancer: A Nurse Practitioner and Survivor’s Guide

By Courtney DuBois Shihabuddin, DNP, APRN-CNP, AGPCNP-BC Embarking on the journey that begins with a breast cancer diagnosis is not one we tend to anticipate, and yet its prevalence reminds us it can touch the lives of anyone — regardless of age or gender. As both a nurse practitioner (NP) and a breast cancer survivor, […]

A Whole New World of Caring for Children and Teens Living With Obesity

By Nancy T. Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, FOMA, FAAN, FAANP Obesity affects almost 20% of U.S. children and adolescents, or approximately 14.7 million youth. The disease of obesity causes numerous other physical and psychological conditions; one estimate is that over 200 medical conditions are caused by obesity. When we discuss obesity, we are speaking of energy […]

Vaccines – Our Shot at Protection Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

By Audrey M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC Vaccines have been described as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century and have been responsible for preventing millions of diseases and deaths worldwide. At the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases such as smallpox, measles, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) were […]

Traffickers Are Moving From The Street to the Smartphone

By Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN He was 17, a homecoming king and star athlete. He thought he was consensually sexting with a teen peer on the internet. How could he have imagined it was a sextortion scammer operating from Africa? Unable to imagine the humiliation of discovery, he died […]

Migraine Insights: Understanding Triggers, Symptoms and Effective Treatments

By Monica Hauger, FNP Do you or someone you care about suffer with migraine headaches? If so, you are not alone. The American Headache Society (AHS) estimates there are 37 million Americans who live with migraine headaches, and migraines are ranked as the second leading worldwide cause of disability. Migraines are not something that you […]

Knock Out Stroke, Crush Disabilities and Save Lives – Including the Ones You Love

By Jason Gleason, DNP, NP-C, USAF Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Strokes impact lives and the families of those who experience these debilitating events. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner (NP) working in primary care, I want to share some important information regarding stroke. Like many of you, I know firsthand how devastating and destructive stroke can […]

Health Is Everything: The Best Way to Celebrate National Minority Health Month

By Sheri Rickman-Patrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC I have been pondering the best way to acknowledge National Minority Health Month. Some may write about those disorders that are most prevalent in certain ethnic groups, such as high blood pressure for Blacks/African Americans or diabetes for Latinos. However, research is showing us that it is not how […]