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  THIS JUST IN April 2, 2010  
Climb to New Educational Heights

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional options for NPs seeking further formal education. It is now gaining momentum in the NP community, leading to a sharp increase in schools offering this academic program


Smoking Cessation: Snub Out CAD

One of the major, modifiable risk factors for the development and progression of general CVD and/or CAD is smoking and tobacco use---the single most preventable cause of death and illness in the United States


A Close-Up View of the Flu

Influenza testing is beneficial in disease surveillance, diagnosis, differentiation of virus types/subtypes, and management of outbreaks to reduce morbidity and mortality.


Depression, anxiety drugs may relate to preterm birth

Researchers found that among nearly 3,000 women who gave birth in Washington State, those who started taking antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the second or third trimester had a higher risk of preterm birth.


Insulin pumps win out over shots in type 1 diabetes

A new evidence review suggests that using a pump to deliver insulin continuously — instead of taking three or more daily injections — might result in better control of blood sugar for people with type 1 diabetes.



  FROM THE JOURNAL
Earn CME/CE credit by reading these peer-reviewed, continuing education articles from Nurse Practitioner and taking the tests.

Asthma in Pregnancy: Reading Between the Lines

Asthma is one of the most common, chronic medical conditions that can complicate a pregnancy. This article presents the latest recommendations for managing asthma in this population. Earn 2.6 Contact Hours/0.5 Rx credit with this CE.



Speak the Language of Autism

The article explores the epidemiology of autism, discusses contributing factors and diagnostic criteria, investigates various treatments, and suggests future recommendations for NPs. Earn 2.8 Contact Hours.



22nd Annual Legislative Update: Regulatory and Legislative Successes for APNs

As in previous years, advanced practice registered nurses have much to celebrate in the areas of legislative and regulatory reform. In addition to the annual updates from each state in the areas of practice authority, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority, we have included information reported by states considering regulatory implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education.



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