Hooray! We”ve made it to the end of the hypertension series. We’ve discussed how to check blood pressure and diagnose hypertension, the consequences of untreated hypertension and goals for blood pressure in various populations, and the ins-and-outs of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy for hypertension. Today we’ll chat briefly about what to do if the first medication you start doesn’t control their blood pressure and how to efficiently chart on patients who have hypertension. [Read more…] about Hypertension, Part 4: Ongoing Management and Efficient Charting
If your practice is anything like mine, you spend a LOT of time ordering, reviewing, and deciding what to do about lab results. With the management of so many chronic diseases comes a lot of laboratory monitoring. Of course, I try to be conscious when I’m ordering labs and not doing it “just because,” but often routine labs are required to assess a patient’s risk factors, determine how well a patient is doing on a given medication, or to make sure there aren’t any unintended side effects of a given treatment. Today’s workflow tip focuses on how to reduce the amount of time you are spending managing labs, and I can’t really take credit for thinking of it; at my first clinic, this was the norm and I brought this practice with me to my current clinic and I couldn’t imagine living without it now! So what is it, you ask? [Read more…] about Workflow Wednesday: Managing Lab Results
Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend! It was cool and rainy in Virginia, but brightened up just in time for Mother’s Day!
Anyways, I’m here with the first installment of “Medication Monday”. Every so often, I’ll be profiling a medication and outlining (what I think are) the most helpful tips to appropriately prescribe it. And at the end of the post, I’ll provide a handy-dandy PDF file you can download to refer to easily in your practice! [Read more…] about Medication Monday: Amlodipine
All right, here we are. You’ve diagnosed your patient with hypertension (or someone else has), and it’s time to treat. We covered why we treat in a previous post, along with what our blood pressure goals are based on patient age and comorbidities. Now it’s time to get into the real work: HOW THE HECK DO WE GET THESE CRAZY BLOOD PRESSURES DOWN?
So, I mentioned last time JNC8. Hopefully you’re familiar with JNC8, which was a whole report put together by experts about how to best manage blood pressure. You can read the whole report here. However, I think this graphic shows most of what you need to know to effectively manage blood pressure in the primary care setting. [Read more…] about Hypertension, Part 3: Down to the Nitty-Gritty of Treatment
Welcome back! I hope you found Monday’s post helpful. In case you missed it (here’s a link!), I outlined 3 factors to consider when looking for that “perfect NP job”:
- Clinical support
Today, I have 4 additional things to think about before taking an NP job, especially your first one. Let’s dive in!