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THIS JUST IN February 2012  

Study links diabetes to an increased risk for depression

Patients who are diagnosed with diabetes have an increased risk for developing depression. A study conducted by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that depression is considered a risk factor for diabetes patients, but the development of serious depression symptoms may be caused by patients not adhering to medication routines. The struggle to manage the disease and weight gain were also listed as factors contributing to an increased risk for depression.

End-stage heart failure patients are now able to spend their final days at home, according to a Walgreens Infusion Program Study

Walgreens is giving heart-failure patients the chance to stay out of the hospital and live at home while receiving their final inotropic infusion care treatments. A recent study has found that Walgreens' coordinated network of healthcare professionals ensured that these patients receive optimal care in the comfort of their own home. Allowing this therapy in a home environment has shown to be cost efficient, safe, and effective.

Call for NCNP conference poster submissions

A great way to exhibit research findings and fulfill professional and academic requirements is to create a poster presentation. Poster submissions are being accepted for the 2012 National Conference for Nurse Practitioners taking place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. May 16-19. Topics can include, but are not limited to: clinical research, case studies, treatment modalities, classification systems, lab research, treatment protocols, education, and team building. Submit your poster by creating an account at The deadline is March 30, 2012 and winners will present at the conference.

Primary care clinicians have an advantage when preventing oral health issues

As one of the leading over-looked health needs in America, disparities in oral health can be prevented or controlled in the primary care setting. Children see primary care clinicians 8 times more often than they see a dentist. This opens doors for clinicians to screen for and treat infectious diseases such as Early Childhood Caries (ECCs).

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Annual drug update: 2011 in review
By Jennifer M. Belavic PharmD, BCPS, FASCP

Earn 2.9 Contact Hours/2.9 advanced pharmacology hours

Preventing CVD in women: The NP's role
By Jennie Wood, PhD, RN, and Patricia Gordon, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, OCN

Earn 2.5 Contact Hours/1.0 advanced pharmacology hour

Opening doors for nonphysician colonoscopists
By Michele Limoges-Gonzalez, MSN, RN, ANP-BC

Hypertensive African American women and the DASH diet
By Anniece Spencer, MSN, RN, NP-C; Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP; and Susan J. Loeb, PhD, RN

Helping patients through the pain of infertility
By Susan Kelly-Weeder PhD, FNP-BC

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Breaking bad news: A guide for effective and empathetic communication
By Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP

  Nominate your colleague for NP of the Year!

The 2012 NP of the Year Award honors excellence in clinical expertise, leadership, community service, and education. The award will be announced in the May 2011 issue of The Nurse Practitioner and presented at the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners opening ceremonies in Orlando, Fla, May 16-19, 2012. The selected honoree will also receive a complimentary full conference registration to this year’s program.

Who is eligible?
Eligible nominees include NPs who have made significant contributions to the NP field in at least two of the categories listed below:

  • Directed, provided and/or developed practice or policy that affected a large number of people/special population
  • Uniqueness and innovation
  • Advanced the NP profession
  • Contributed to new knowledge or practice
  • Gained the attention of local or national leaders (leaders can be nursing, community, political, etc.)
  • Had a substantial and positive impact on public health or health of a special community or patient group

How do I nominate someone?
Nominations should be made in writing and include a letter (maximum 2 pages, double-spaced) explaining how the candidate met the award criteria, and any pertinent data, tools, teaching displays, pictures, or other material to support the nomination letter. Letters and supporting materials should be mailed to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Conference Dept., 323 Norristown Rd. #200, Ambler, PA 19002. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2012. Contact Jessica Clark at for details

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