Chinese Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020: Quick Facts for Practitioners

What You Should Know About the Chinese Coronavirus

Near the end of 2019, a new (novel) coronavirus was identified as the cause of a localized group of pneumonias in the Chinese city of Wuhan.  This new coronavirus has been designated 2019-nCoV, and it seems to be spreading globally with laboratory confirmed cases now being reported in other cities in Asia, as well as Australia, France, Germany, the US, and Canada. 

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Examination Pearls

medical examination tips

Medical Assessment Tips

In school and clinicals we all learn how to take a thorough history and perform a physical assessment. Collecting this information is the foundation for our diagnosis and plan of care for our patients. As we get into practice we continue to develop and fine tune our history taking and physical assessment skills.  I’m going to share a few pearls that I have learned along the way working as a nurse practitioner in the outpatient setting. 

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Creating your own happiness

create your own happiness

Medicine has changed a lot since I began practicing 15 years ago. There were no MIPS measures, no sepsis protocols, no door to provider times;  in fact, the term provider was not even a ‘thing’. Medicine wasn’t perfect, but the stress level was exponentially lower. Back in the early 2000’s, the biggest concern was malpractice. Now? We have times and measures and protocols and numbers and metrics AND malpractice. Add to this the government-mandated Electronic Medical Record (EMR), which can make documentation exponentially more cumbersome.

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