NCNP 2015

I didn’t have to travel too far this year to attend the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners! Held at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in historic Philadelphia, Pa., there was plenty to see and do within the venue and out in the city. My days were filled with conference sessions, fun in the exhibit hall, and dinners out with colleagues.  

The Conference

IMG_2837.JPGThere was so much to see, do, and learn. The opening session celebrated the 50 year mark of the NP profession, while the conference honored 40 years of the Nurse Practitioner journal and Nurses Week. The conference sessions focused on clinical updates and professional issues; I was able to meet both my CE needs as a Women’s Health NP and learn about the latest developments in acute care so that I can stay up-to-date in the world of critical care.

Here are highlights from some of the sessions I attended:
  • According to the U.S. News & World Report of 100 Best Jobs, nurse practitioner ranks #2!
  • Fifty percent of insurance plans now cover obesity medications. (New Drug Update 2015: What’s Hot and What’s Not, presented by Wendy Wright, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP, FAANP)
  • In terms of radiation exposure, one chest CT is equal to 750 chest xrays. (5 Things I Wish I Knew Last Year, presented by Louis Kuritzky, MD)
  • Research has shown that interactions that occur during a student’s education will shape his or her professional image. (Lateral Violence: Bullying in the Workplace, presented by Monica N. Tombasco, MS, MSNA, FNP-BC, CRNA)
  • When the GFR is < 30 mL/min, thiazide diuretics are not as effective; use loop diuretics instead. (Hypertension Update: The Latest Treatment Recommendations from JNC-8, presented by Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC)
  • Many states now have ‘breast density notification laws’ and several have legislation in progress. (Breast Evaluation: Screening to Diagnosis, presented by Constance A. Roche, MSN, CNP, APNG)
  • Pneumonia and aspiration are the most common direct lung injury causes of ARDS. (Acute Care Track: Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, presented by Sophia Chu Rodgers, ACNP, FNP, FAANP, FCCM)

The Exhibit Hall (and other fun!)

Food, fun, and learning happened during all of the exhibit hall hours! Exhibitors educated attendees on their latest products, and handed out samples and fun ‘giveaways’. Attendees also got to view the poster presentations.
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Meals were served, prizes were awarded and there was even a band one evening!  Bonus morning sessions included Yoga for the Nurse Practitioner: A Gentle Practice with Techniques for Clinical Practice with Tom Bartol, NP and Rhythm and Funk: Low Impact, High Energy Workout with Jessica Clark.

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If you attended the conference this year, don’t forget to complete your CE (and view sessions online)! Hope to see you at NCNP 2016!

Posted: 5/21/2015 1:14:10 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Read these award-winners!

Last month, 21 Apex Awards were presented to journals published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. These awards are based on “excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.” The award-winning articles from our nursing journals are listed below. We are very proud to share them with you!

 Shining a Light on Hoarding Disorder

 Responding To an Active Shooter and Other Threats of Violence 

 25th Annual Legislative Update: Evidence-Based Practice Reforms Improve Access to APRN Care 
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care 

 The Hard Truth about Human Trafficking 
Nursing Management

 IT Extra: Technology Management Strategies for Nurse Leaders  
Nursing Management

 Smart Management: Recruitment And Retention: How To Get Them And How To Keep Them
OR Nurse 2013

 Smart Management: High reliability Organizations: An Idea Worth Pursuing 
OR Nurse 2013

 Smart Management: Build Your Staff's Leadership Skills 
OR Nurse 2013

 Managing Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
OR Nurse 2013

 Editorial: A Grassroots Movement Sounds the Call 
American Journal of Nursing


Cover Image from January 2014 issue of American Journal of Nursing

January 2013 issue of Nursing2013 Critical Care

Posted: 7/3/2014 5:03:01 PM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

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CEConnection for Allied Health Professionals

Did you know Lippincott has its own CEConnection tailor-made for allied health professionals? This one-stop resource hosts more than 110 continuing education courses design to help allied health workers improve patient outcomes with activities based on evidence-based practice guidelines. 

This platform offers peer-reviewed multimedia and interactive content from Lippincott journals. The platform is also customizable for institutions and individuals. You can track courses using your own My Planner tab, enabling you to add activities to do now or save for later. You are also able to browse courses by categories, including clinical, topic, specialty, and profession. Once you add an education activity, it’s displayed in your planner, as well as your Shopping Cart. 

Allied Health’s CEConnection currently covers courses for 12 professions, including:

Addiction Counselor
Cardiovascular Technologist
Case Manager
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Dietetic Professional
Healthcare Quality Professional
Pathology Technologist
Physical Therapist
Respiratory Therapist
Radiologic Technologist
Speech-Language Pathologist

Each month, new courses and additional allied health specialties are added. 

CEConnection for allied health professionals is available for institutional and individual purchase. Healthcare institutions and specialists interested in this platform can get more information by calling 855-695-5070 or sending an email to

Posted: 4/18/2014 2:50:49 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

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Nursing eBooks

Did you know that Lippincott’s houses more than 25 different nursing eBooks? From books on evidence-based practice to infusion coding to LGBTQ cultures, you are sure to find an interesting topic worth reading about. Book purchases include an eReader format for download to a device such as an iPad, Nook, or Kindle. 

Let’s take a look at some of the eBooks our site has to offer:

AJN's Evidence-Based Practice Series: Step by Step
Better your evidence-based practice through a series of articles from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice. 

Ten Years of Teaching and Learning Moments
This eBook includes brief vignettes that chronicle the first-person experiences of teachers, students, and patients as they learn about the science and the art of medicine. It derives its content from the first 10 years of the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the journal, Academic Medicine

The Editor's Handbook: An Online Resource and CE Course
Designed for journal editors, this eBook explores  impact factors, journal indexing, budgeting, journal development, editorial board composition, and the peer review process. 

LGBTQ Cultures: What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Sexual and Gender Diversity 
Intended to serve as an introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health issues, this eBook helps healthcare professionals create safe environments for patients, as well as their LGBTQ coworkers. 

Synthesis Science in Healthcare Book Series (Books 1-18)
The Joanna Briggs Institute offers this eBook series for individual purchases of $19.99 or books 1-18 for $220. Books 1-18 will help you understand the JBI model of evidence-based healthcare, appraise qualitative and quantitative research, appraise evidence from intervention and diagnostic accuracy studies, and learn ways to minimize risks from adverse events. 

Nurse Practitioner 2012 Liability Update: A Three-part Approach 
Celebrate the CNA and Nurses Service Organization (NSO)’s 20th anniversary (in 2012) of the nurse practitioner professional liability insurance program with this free eBook. 

Understanding Nurse Liability, 2006 – 2010: A Three-part Approach 
The CNA and Nurses Service Organization (NSO) aim to educate nurses about risk with this free eBook, which focuses on nurse closed claims over a five-year period. 

Lessons from a Visionary Leader 
Richard Hader, the long-standing and highly-respected late Editor-in-Chief of the Nursing Management journal, offers advice to leaders in healthcare organizations on how to be courageous, creative, take risks, and say “no.”

Posted: 4/7/2014 3:01:23 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

Categories: Continuing Education

The number of male nurses is on the rise

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of men entering the nursing profession has tripled since 1970. The study, which tracks data through 2011, shows an increase from 2.7 to 9.6 percent, meaning about 330,000 men are working as nurses to date. 

To celebrate and encourage more men entering the profession, here is some nursing content related to male nurses on 

Continuing Education Activities
 Men in Nursing, AJN, American Journal of Nursing, January 2013
Expires: 1/31/2015 

 Original Research: 'How Should I Touch You?': A Qualitative Study of Attitudes on Intimate Touch in Nursing Care, AJN, American Journal of Nursing, March 2011
Expires: 3/31/2015 

Journal Articles
 Team concepts: The nurse in the man: Lifting up nursing or lifting himself?, Nursing Management, June 2013 

 ISSUES IN NURSING: Men work here too: How men can thrive in maternal-newborn nursing, Nursing2014, March 2013 

 Online Exclusive: Are male nurses emotionally intelligent?, Nursing Management, April 2012

 Recruitment & Retention Report: EXTRA Young adults' perception of an ideal career Does gender matter?, Nursing Management, April 2011 

 Gender and Professional Values: A Closer Look, Nursing Management, January 2011 

 Letters: Men and Nursing, AJN, American Journal of Nursing, April 2013 

Posted: 3/24/2014 3:09:28 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

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AACN Choosing Wisely®

The Choosing Wisely® campaign was launched in 2012 by the American Board of Internal Medicine as a way to spark conversations to improve care and minimize unnecessary testing. The goals of the campaign are to ensure that care is supported by evidence; not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received; free from harm; and truly necessary (ABIM Foundation, 2014). Many organizations have released recommendations in support of the campaign – a full list is available here.

Last week, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) became the first nursing organization to get involved in the campaign. Its Choosing Wisely® list includes the following five evidence-based recommendations (American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2014) :

  • Don't order diagnostic tests at regular intervals (such as every day), but rather in response to specific clinical questions.
  • Don't transfuse red blood cells in hemodynamically stable, non-bleeding critically ill patients with a hemoglobin concentration greater than 7 mg/dL.
  • Don't use parenteral nutrition in adequately nourished critically ill patients within the first seven days of a stay in an intensive care unit.
  • Don't deeply sedate mechanically ventilated patients without a specific indication and without daily attempts to lighten sedation.
  • Don't continue life support for patients at high risk for death or severely impaired functional recovery without offering patients and their families the alternative of care focused entirely on comfort.

As a nursing professional, I am proud to see AACN collaborate on this important initiative. I encourage you all to remain cognizant of these recommendations, share them with your peers, and stay up-to-date on the latest evidence.

For further reading, the articles below are available for free to logged in members of Lippincott’s  Not a member?  Join now!

In the News: Rethinking Routine Blood Work in Patients with MI
American Journal of Nursing
Blood Management: Best-Practice Transfusion Strategies
Parenteral Nutrition Risks, Complications, and Management
Journal of Infusion Nursing
Sedation Vacation: Worth the Trip
Nursing2013 Critical Care
Ethics in Critical Care: Twenty Years Since Cruzan and the Patient Self-Determination Act: Opportunities for Improving Care at the End of Life in Critical Care Settings
AACN Advanced Critical Care
Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: Strategies to Promote Honesty and Prevent Medical Futility at End-of-Life
Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing

ABIM Foundation. (2014). About. Retrieved from Choosing Wisely:
American Association of Critical Care Nurses. (2014, January 28). News: Critical Care Groups Issue 'Choosing Wisely' List. Retrieved from American Association of Critical Care Nurses:
Posted: 2/8/2014 3:26:31 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day and it is inspiring to see the large number of tweets with the hashtag #WorldCancerDay on our twitter news feed! To add to your reading and education, listed below are some of the latest articles published in our journals. All are free to read online and are available for CE credit.

Non-small cell lung cancer: Recent advances 
Nursing2014, February 2014 

 Cancer Pain Strategies and Interventions for Brain Metastases
Oncology Times, January 2014

 Supporting Cancer Survivors
Oncology Times, December 2013

You can find more continuing education articles related to oncology on NursingCenter’s CEConnection.

Posted: 2/4/2014 3:46:37 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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Resources for Alcohol Awareness

I was taken aback when I read that “one in five patients admitted to a hospital suffers from alcohol use disorder” in Managing alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients in the April issue of Nursing2012 (here’s the pdf for the best view). With numbers like this, it really is critical that we are aware and able to assess all patients for signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. I’d like to bring this article to your attention because there are some great resources included to help assess patients and also care for those experiencing alcohol withdrawal. There is a table on timing of symptoms – when they might occur in relation to the last drink – and also a copy of the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alchohol Scale, Revised (CIWA-Ar), which is the gold standard for assessing for withdrawal. The CIWA-Ar is not copyrighted – so go ahead and print it out, share it, and use it (in accordance with your facility policy, of course.)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. While those of us in the hospital setting may come in contact with patients at risk for or experiencing alcohol withdrawal, we all know that a critical component of alcohol awareness is prevention. This year’s theme is “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking."  Won’t you read more about this and help spread the word?

Posted: 4/13/2012 3:39:06 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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