Nurse Practitioners

Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

PURPOSE: To provide nurse practitioners (NPs) with clinical research about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and demonstrate its usefulness for reducing stress in a variety of populations. DATA SOURCES: A literature review was conducted using the following databases: EBSCO, Cinahl, Pschyline, and Medline. English language articles published between 2000 and 2006 in peer-reviewed journals were reviewed. Search terms "mindfulness,"meditation," and "stress" were used. Additional information was obtained through select, reputable Internet sites.

Author(s): 
Praissman, Sharon
Publication Title: 
Family & Community Health

Access to health care has been a factor for patients living in isolated mountain regions. The Frontier Nursing service was a pioneer in reaching those patients living in the most remote regions of Appalachia. Geography, demographics, and culture present obstacles for rural residents and health care providers. This article identifies and describes the roles nurses and nurse practitioners played in caring for Appalachian families through a roving Health Wagon in the 1980s and 1990s in Southwest Virginia.

Author(s): 
Snyder, Audrey
Thatcher, Esther
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of a mental health training module on the therapeutic optimism of advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) students in primary care (family practice). DATA SOURCES: Three cohorts of ANPs who undertook a Mental Health Problems in Primary Care Module as part of their MSc ANP (primary care) run by the University of Huddersfield completed the Elsom Therapeutic Optimism Scale (ETOS), in a pre- and postformat. The ETOS is a 10-item, self-administered scale, which has been used to evaluate therapeutic optimism previously in mental health professionals.

Author(s): 
Hemingway, Steve
Rogers, Melanie
Elsom, Stephen
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

DATA SOURCES: Seventy-nine patients assigned to the care of a nurse practitioner (NP) were interviewed to explore reactions to ending a yearlong therapeutic relationship at the conclusion of a clinical trial. Three researchers identified, reviewed and CONCLUSIONS: Of the total 79 patients, 22 (28%) spontaneously discussed perceptions and feelings about the termination of their relationship with the NP, Qualitative analysis of their statements identified future concerns about continuity of care and emotional themes ranging from gratitude, regret, and anxiety to grief.

Author(s): 
Planavsky, L. A.
Mion, L. C.
Litaker, D. G.
Kippes, C. M.
Mehta, N.
Publication Title: 
Nurse Education Today

This study reports the results of a qualitative study involving a large and longstanding online nurse listserv in the United States. A sample of 27 critical care and advanced-practice nurse practitioners was interviewed using semi-structured individual interviews.

Author(s): 
Hew, Khe Foon
Hara, Noriko
Publication Title: 
Nurse Practitioner Forum

Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome (VVS) is a condition characterized by dyspareunia, introital erythema, and tenderness. A subset of vulvodynia, VVS may be acute or chronic. If acute, a specific underlying cause is often identified, and when properly treated the condition is likely to fully resolve. In contrast, chronic VVS is less well understood and is often multifactorial. Treatment is aimed at providing symptomatic relief and should begin with the least invasive approaches such as the use of topical xylocaine, oral antiviral therapy, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy.

Author(s): 
Secor, R. M.
Fertitta, L.
Publication Title: 
Nurse Practitioner Forum

Hypnosis and the trance phenomenon is an age-old tool for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including pain. Medically accepted for over 50 years as a legitimate therapy, research continues into its mechanisms and actions. In this article, its origins, history, theoretical basis, and various uses are discussed. Case presentations from the author are provided, showing its use for a variety of pain management scenarios. Sample hypnotic scripts allow the reader to better visualize the applicability of hypnotic suggestion to general inductions and pain management.

Author(s): 
Hrezo, R. J.
Publication Title: 
Advance for Nurse Practitioners
Author(s): 
Thomson, Linda
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Use of complementary medicine is common, consumer driven and usually outpatient focused. We wished to determine interest among the medical staff at a North Carolina academic medical center in integrating diverse therapies and services into comprehensive care. METHODS: We conducted a cross sectional on-line survey of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at a tertiary care medical center in 2006.

Author(s): 
Kemper, Kathi J.
Dirkse, Deborah
Eadie, Dee
Pennington, Melissa
Publication Title: 
Advance for Nurse Practitioners
Author(s): 
Buckle, Jane

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