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 […]

Five Fast Facts on Rare Disease

By April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN February 28 is Rare Disease Day, a global movement that highlights rare diseases and works toward equity in social opportunity and health care, including increased access to diagnoses and therapies for those who are living with a rare disease. Let’s all do our part to learn […]

Five Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders

By April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN February 21-28 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This week is intended to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders, correct misconceptions and provide support to those struggling and their families. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, eating disorders have increased, especially among adolescents and young […]

Caring for Your Heart and Your Health

By Margaret T. Bowers DNP, FNP-BC, AACC, FAANP, FAAN As a nurse practitioner (NP) with more than 22 years of experience caring for patients with cardiovascular disease, I focus on trying to shift the attention from treatment to prevention. The recommendations for cardiovascular health are to undergo screening for high blood pressure (BP), elevated lipids, […]

January National Blood Donor Awareness

By Kristene Diggins, DNP, MBA, FAANP On December 31, 1969, the president of the United States made a declaration that January would be National Blood Donor Month. For many people, the importance of blood donation may not be clearly evident in everyday life. Often, it’s only in the urgency of the need that blood donations […]

Healthy Holiday Hacks!

By April N. Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP- BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN Keeping yourself and your family healthy during the holidays is no easy task. Between the cold and flu season — and now, the constant worry of COVID-19 — it can feel like a daunting job. Use these quick and easy hacks for a healthier […]