Provider Practice Essentials registered nurse continuing education

Diverticulitis Management: Outpatient or Inpatient

Melanie Jones, PA-C Diverticulitis is an infection and/or inflammation in diverticula (small pouches) that occurs in the digestive tract, specifically the colon. In fact, there are more than 200,000 cases per year in the United States. Diverticulitis is the third leading cause of gastrointestinal complaints. Some patients may require inpatient treatment for severe pain or … Read more

The Neglected Benefits of Vitamin D

Lindee Abe, ARNP Vitamin D is back! In the beginning of the 20th century, it was not uncommon for patients with infectious diseases (like influenza and tuberculosis) to be placed outside. One rationale for this is that the fresh air created a natural ventilation system that decreased the spread of the infectious disease particles. While … Read more

Performing a Thorough Abdominal Exam

Josh Nowocin, PA-C Performing a thorough abdominal examination is a core skill every advanced practice provider should know. This exam plays a key role in determining a patients gastrointestinal and/or genitourinary pathology. It can also provide insight into other anatomical abnormalities. A detailed and thorough abdominal exam also decreases the need for radiologic testing. It … Read more

Basic Chest X-Ray Interpretation

Melissa Cody, ARNP The chest radiograph (CXR) is by far the most commonly ordered radiographic exam. This is because it can give the clinician quick and easy insight into what may be ailing their patient. Most practice sites are lucky enough to have immediate access to a radiologist’s interpretation – but what if you don’t? … Read more

The Scoop on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders currently seen in health care. While a chronic GI disorder that affects the large intestine may seem simple, it is actually a very complex disorder. IBS is multifactorial in nature and goes beyond the large intestine. Many health care providers, including myself, may … Read more

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