“By 2025, the state will be short about 4,700 primary-care physicians, according to a recent report from the UC San Francisco Healthforce Center. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts. One solution is to expand the role of well-trained nurse practitioners, who can meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population at a fraction of the cost of doctor visits. That’s what many other states are doing.…”
Moore On Health: A recap of the last six months for 2018.
July 2018 | Disaster Preparedness – I had the opportunity to share my personal experience of surviving the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide with members of the Oxnard, California community. This discussion was held on Saturday 14, 2018 at the Victoria Estates Club House in Oxnard, California.
Moore On Health recommendations to become disaster prepared are:
1. Create A Plan
- Be connected to receive emergency announcements
- Be aware of shelter locals
- Know your evacuation route
- Plan how the family will communicate with each other
2. Personal Considerations – Have a back pack ready with the following items.
- Have a two-week supply of medications packed
- Have a list of important telephone numbers, primary care physician contact information, dietary needs and allergies
- Have a plan for your pet
- Have a copy of important documents stored on zip drive, icloud and/or hard copies in zip lock bags
3. Review & Practice This Plan
August 2018 | CALTCM in Los Angeles – Moore On Health had the best time networking and engaging in meaningful conversation about best practices related to geriatric medical management at the two-day CALTCM conference. Attendees encompassed healthcare providers from all disciplines such as, Social Workers, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and Drug Company Representatives. This conference was designed to deliver an intensive and highly interactive setting for leaders in the field of geriatric medical management.
A unique feature of the conference was the opportunity for participants to work in small collaborative groups with a faculty mentor to develop and implement an action plan for a worksite-specific quality improvement management/leadership challenge.
September 2018 | CANP Leadership –CANP Leadership Summit provides the latest research findings for advanced practice registered nurses in health policy and grassroots efforts. By CANP’s Leadership Summit you place yourself in the best position to pick up ways to improve professional growth as well.
“Each year, CANP chapter leaders from across the state gather during our Leadership Summit, which connects chapter leaders, the CANP Board of Directors and staff to foster an exchange of ideas and information while also developing leadership skills. The event is free of charge and up to two leaders (as designated by chapter president) from each chapter may attend the event.” For more information go to http://www.canpweb.org
October 2018 | Breast Cancer Awareness Month –While conducting employee physicals I took the time and provided information about breast cancer screening.
Did you know – in the U.S. about 67,400 new cancer cases in Hispanic men and 81,700 cases in Hispanic women are expected to be diagnosed? Among Hispanic women, breast cancer will be the leading cause of cancer death (16%), followed by cancers of the lung (13%) and colorectum (9%). However, among US women overall, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.
Among Hispanic women, breast cancer will be the leading cause of cancer death (16%), followed by cancers of the lung (13%) and colorectum (9%). However, among US women overall, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.
Health Policy Awareness –Moore On Health had the opportunity to discuss and exchange meaningful dialogue with the senior class of registered nursing students at Cal State University Channel Islands. The title of the discussion – Best Practices Navigating & Advocating Through the Healthcare Policy Arena. My objectives were to cover the importance of supporting and advancing the nursing profession by 1) Joining a nursing organization is key, 2) Utilizing best practices when advocating for healthcare policies that increases access to evidence-based healthcare and 3) Understanding the power of your voice and brand as member of the nursing profession.
November 2018 | Moore Harvest –One of the ways to gain Moore On Health is by growing what you eat. Your garden can be as small a ceramic clay pot, raised vegetable bed or open space garden – it is not about the size but the invaluable benefits when you grow your own food. Moore On Health believe in empowering the community at large about utilizing and maintinging a nutritional intake of of fruits and vegetables promoting a reduction in disease risk and maximize good health.
December | Celebrate With Colleagues –It always important to take time out and celebrate with your colleagues. The occasional workplace celebration helps create a sense of unity, time to bond and reminisce on work accomplishments .
Nurse Practitioners in the Political Arena
April 30 – May 1, 2018 | California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) conducted the business of the Association at the House of Delegates and advocated for direct access to healthcare at the Capital. CANP is committed to:
- Supporting nurse practitioners
- Bridging the gaps in health care
- Meeting the needs of patients
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP 2016), nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), NPs can specialize by patient population such as:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Nurse Practitioners can also specialize in one of the following:
- Acute Care Nurse Pracititoner
- Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) predicts that openings for NPs are expected to swell 35 percent between 2014 and 2024, five times the growth projected for all occupations during that time period (7 percent). Given the projected growth and impact Nurse Practitioners make within the healthcare arena it is imperative that NPs are conscious of current and/or proposed policies or legislation. We can provide the best evidence-based healthcare in the galaxy, but if we are not implementing legislation to support our profession and/or community then our actions are done in vein.
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