Getting Comfortable with Cardiovascular Issues

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

One of the major complications of COVID-19 involves heart issues from an enlarged heart to clotting disorder along with a variety of malfunctions of the heart. Cardiac arrythmias and reading EKG starips are all part of the RN nursing school curriculum. Many nursing students struggle with this rotation and all of the required memorization. Getting…

Utilize Skilled Home Health Care to Manage CHF and Avoid Rehospitalizations

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Educating patients in how to effectively manage congestive heart failure at home presents holistic and non-pharmaceutical challenges for skilled home health nurses. Diet (in particular sodium intake), fluid intake, energy conservation and elevation of the lower extremities all play an important part in preventing acute exacerbation of CHF in addition to medications.  A primary issue involves dealing…

Understanding Mental Health Issues

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Mental health issues can overlap other physical illnesses and impact the wellbeing of many patients. There has long been a stigma attached to mental illness and it drives patients away from seeking medication and other courses of treatment for their conditions. Nurses need to have an understanding of mental health issues in order to meet…

What’s the difference between AANP and ANCC Certification?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Upon completion of the Nurse Practitioner program, the NP has to sit for a national certification examination to become licensed to practice as an NP. There are two certification examination available: the AANP and ANCC certification exams. Graduating NPs can sit for either exam. Both are recognized, but they do differ in content and focus.…

The Nurse Licensure Compact – Update on IT

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Update to What is the Nursing License Compact and How Does it Impact Nursing? As 2020 approaches a close, there are 33 states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). One state (New Jersey) was a member of the original NLC and allows nurses who have unencumbered eNLC licenses to continue using them as the state considers…

NP vs APRN – What’s the Difference?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The beauty of nursing is that there is a niche for everyone. This is especially true for nurses who wish to continue their education and enter the realm of advanced practice nursing. So, let’s take a deeper look at what’s in a name NP vs APRN? There is an alphabet soup of anacronyms that are…

The Use of Medical Marijuana and CBD in Nursing

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

When COVID-19 burst onto the scene in March of 2020, and now with the next wave looming larger than ever, it dominates the health care industry and the thoughts of the public. However, it is important to remember that people still get sick with other illnesses. They still get injured, and chronic illnesses are predominant…

Pain Management with Opioids

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The third new continuing education course for Advance Practice RNs fromNursingCE.com on the subject of pain management covers the topic of opioid prescribing. This is the third in the 3-part series of CE courses on pain management for nurses and APRNs designed to help enhance nursing education, knowledgebase and improve quality of patient care and outcomes. …

Advanced Pain Management Part II: Non-Opioid Pain Management Nursing CEU Course

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Part two of the advanced pain management CEU courses from NursingCE.com examines non-opioid pharmacological approaches as well as non-pharmacological pain management. This course is designed to provide ceus for advance practice nurses to help improve treatment options and outcomes through a multifaceted approach.   Improving quality of life despite chronic pain is a challenge for the whole healthcare…

Advanced Pain Management for Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Pain management is an essential skill in nursing. Pain is often referred to as the fifth vital sign although the benefit of this has come under some scrutiny in light of the opioid crisis and over prescribing issues. However, understanding pain and its effects on basic physical and mental health is critical to improving patent…