/ /

Donna Hallas PhD, PNP-BC, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP
Revisit the “5 Rights” to avoid medication errors
I highly recommend reading his article, and then reflecting on your current office- and hospital-based practices surrounding prescribing medications for children to determine areas to apply these best practice initiatives in your personal work settings.
Opioids: The menace in our midst
Opioids have impacted every population served by all healthcare providers in the United States and by now every nurse practitioner (NP) has been exposed to the opioid scourge. Perhaps it’s time to reassess the role for NPs in caring for their individual populations confronting an opioid crisis.
Get response ready for the anaphylactic moment
Every nurse practitioner should review the AAP guidelines and include an action plan in each of their practice settings. All providers should communicate information to all school, camp, and field nurses who are often the first to assess a child presenting with symptoms of anaphylaxis outside a medical facility.
How comfort care helps kids with persistent agitation
While reading Dr. Hall’s article “Persistent agitation in children with neurologic impairments,” the differences between the medical and nurse practitioner (NP) models of care emerge.
New AAP guidance addresses teens’ risky eating habits
Goals for NPs caring for children and adolescents with weight problems are early identification and referral to treatment in order to prevent the well-known adverse effects the diagnosis of eating disorders places on the child, adolescent, and family members—and, in time, the overall health of the adult population.
Are NPs code-blue ready?
Traditionally, first positions for graduating registered nurses (RNs) are hospital based, where many have expertise and experience in emergency management. However, when RNs attend graduate school to become primary care nurse practitioners, planning for managing emergencies in an outpatient medical office may or may not have been a part of graduate education.
Look through the lens of trauma
Children in the foster care system are exposed early in life to adverse experiences by living within dysfunctional families and specific facts have not changed. What has changed is the recognition of the need for the healthcare system to change its care for these vulnerable children to prevent the adverse effects that traumatic stress imposes on their physical and emotional development and well-being.
Challenging the ‘cute chubby baby’ notion
Dr Bass’s article on “Factoring the Metabolic X Syndrome” in the latest issue of Contemporary Pediatrics provides us with information on the emergence of Metabolic X syndrome in the pediatric/adolescent populations, previously a syndrome seen only in adults. How can we, as nurse practitioners (NPs) prevent children from developing the symptoms for a diagnosis of Metabolic X Syndrome?
Kid safety on the slippery slopes
In their article, “Kid care on the slopes,” in the latest Contemporary Pediatrics, Drs. Brown and Fishman draw on their many years of caring for kids in Colorado ski country to provide this special primer on managing pediatric injuries sustained while skiing and snowboarding.

Poll