The Nurse Practitioner eNews
The Nurse Practitioner eNews


January 4, 2010

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This month, The Nurse Practitioner features the CE article, Acquired fecal incontinence in community-dwelling adults. Despite its impact on patients and their families, fecal incontinence is not well-studied, as patients are often too ashamed to disclose it to their healthcare provider or the provider may believe that it cannot be treated. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours with this CE. Also in this issue is our 22nd Annual Legislative Update, an important, comprehensive review of the wins and losses over the past year in the areas of APN practice authority, reimbursement, and prescriptive authority.

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Online CE: On the road to better dyslipidemia outcomes

An increase in the awareness of cholesterol as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the availability of safe and effective medications for dyslipidemias has had a positive effect on the prevalence and effective treatment of lipid disorders. The age-adjusted prevalence of elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in U.S. adults was 26.6% from 1988 to 1994 and 25.3% from 1999 to 2004. In the years between 1988 and 1994 and 1999 and 2004, awareness increased from 39.2% to 63.0%, and utilization of pharmacologic, lipid-lowering treatment increased from 11.7% to 40.8%. Control rates for LDL-C increased from 4.0% to 25.1%.

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Nominate your colleague for NP of the Year!

The 2010 NP of the Year award honors excellence in clinical expertise, leadership, community service, and education. The winner will be announced in the May 2010 issue of The Nurse Practitioner and honored at the NCNP opening ceremonies in Chicago, Ill., May 18-21, 2010. The winner 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 February 22, 2010. For more information, contact Jessica Clark at
First U.S. case of extremely resistant TB reported
The first case of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis in the U.S., now known as XXDR-TB, has been reported in Florida and is one of only a handful of cases reported worldwide. More
Lipids in lungs may prevent respiratory virus

Researchers have discovered a lipid found in the lungs that seems to prevent infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is a major cause of infection in babies and can also be dangerous for adults with chronic lung diseases and conditions such as HIV. More

Patient factors can sway CT results
According to the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, multi-detector computed tomography scanners, used to detect coronary artery disease, can be affected by patient factors such as ethnicity, height/weight ratio, and heart rate. More

Acetaminophen not linked to birth defects
A new study has shown that acetaminophen does not appear to raise the risk of birth defects, although other research results have yielded inconclusive findings. More

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