What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)?

This week we kick of a series of articles that give a better understanding of APRNs, what role they play in medicine, the level of education involved, and the legal struggles they’ve faced.  Our first article is by guest writer Michelle Knowles, FNP, APRN, explaining the history that lead to the roles that APRNs currently fill. The History of APRNs …

All About Vaping

What is ‘Vaping’? Electronic cigarettes (ecigs) are a modern way of quitting smoking, while still getting the “feel” and nicotine from smoking.  At the moment, there’s still not enough long-term data to determine if vaping helps smokers quit in both the short and long term durations, but many studies are reporting favorable results. The process of using an ecig is often …

Dementia

Understanding Dementia

It’s not uncommon for people to refer to Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as if they were interchangeable terms.  However, this isn’t the case; Dementia refers to a group of disorders that cause a loss of memory, clarity of thought, communication, and thinking skills, to the point of impairing day-to-day life.  Alzheimer’s, for instance, is a specific form of Dementia.   Most often, …

Google, MD

Google or Web MD is Not a Medical Professional

There’s been a joke going around about using Google or WebMD to diagnose what you thought were probably cold symptoms, only to end up being told it’s cancer.  Just about anything you try and diagnose online ends up being a worst case scenario.  In an age where technology is becoming more and more intertwined with healthcare, it’s natural we’ve started …

APRN wanted

Become a Nurse Practitioner at Advanced Mobile Healthcare

Advanced Mobile Healthcare in Wichita, Kansas is seeking Nurse Practitioner (FNP, Adult, Geriatric, or Acute Care) for our growing primary care house calls program, which addresses the unmet medical needs of frail elderly and disabled populations on a PER basis. We are looking for a self-motivated nurse practitioner with at least two years geriatric, complex chronic care, acute care, hospitalist, …

Have You Heard The News?

Rumors are spreading like wildfire about Advanced Mobile Healthcare selling to a local home health company.  Rae Lyn began the interview saying, “Of course I didn’t sell the company. However, we do have some exciting things happening.  I’m sure this has fueled the rumor mill.” To get to where things are now, we need to look back a bit to the …

Mitragyna parvifolia, the tree Kratom comes from

What is Kratom, and Why Did The DEA Back Down From Banning It?

It’s not that uncommon for a new recreational drug to reach US shores or even be created in the US.  Sometimes it’s a plant that has been used for generations from another country, a new formulation, or a synthetic analog for an existing (but illegal) recreational drug.  It doesn’t take particularly long for the DEA to jump into action, assess …

Christel Hartman, APRN

15 minutes with Christel Hartman, APRN

The best teams come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and education.  In our interview with Sue Beebe, we met a team member that was an APRN since way before the term APRN was being used.  With Christel Harman, APRN, she became an APRN in 2014.  “I was a non-traditional student,” Christel told me.  “I went to Wichita State University …

Understanding Cancer and it's Treatments

The Social and Emotional Effects of Cancer

Any debilitating or life threatening disease, including cancer, causes emotional effects in addition to any physical changes that may occur. This article discusses four separate cancer cases, because the reaction of friends, family, and others are always unique.  Furthermore, signs and symptoms present differently in various cancers and treatments.  Thus, sometimes it’s very evident a person is battling cancer, whereas …

Understanding Cancer and it's Treatments

Understanding Cancer and it’s Treatments, Part II

If you haven’t already, be sure to read Part I Types of Cancer Treatment All treatment options involve three possible overall goals, sometimes performed at the same time:  slow the spread of cancer, kill the cancerous cells, or remove the cancerous cells.  There’s a multiple options for treating cancer.  Various factors are involved in what treatments are used:  age, type …