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On this week’s show, Jamie Davis was joined by Lorry Schoenly, RN, PhD from ( and new Insights in Nursing panelist, nurse consultant Victoria Powell from ( The team was joined about half way through the show by Kim McAllister, of the Emergiblog ( who showed up a bit groggy from just rolling out of bed but ready to jump in  to the show as always.

Listener Helen sent us another email commenting on smart phone and ipad software for nurses and shared that the popular epocrates program has a add-on module that will cover common drug interactions. She also shared our first story of the day, an article on the effectiveness of nurse practitioner led care in spine care clinics.

Chronic Illness and Pain Management by Nurses

The panel shared several thoughts including the really important role that advanced practice nurses play in management of the patient with chronic illness and pain issues. Victoria pointed out that in her area, many of these roles are being assumed by physician’s assistants. She wonders if they possess the necessary assessment and patient care background to manage that kind of patient.

The discussion moved into a look at the recent address by the President of the Minute Clinic sites which offer solutions for patients without primary care for basic problems. Because many of these clinics are run by nurse practitioners, the articles points out the value and health care savings these types of programs offer versus the emergency department visits so often used by this population.

Cultural Competency and Nurse Education

Finally, after joined by Kim McAllister, the group turned their focus on a story from Florida about a college professor who was suing her employer based on her unwillingness to teach from a culturally competent nursing care text book that contained what she alleged were unnecessary racial stereotypes. Lorry pointed out that there probably a lot more to this story which seems to only paint one side of the picture but certainly nurses need to have some sort of cultural sense of their patient populations.


Join us!

On the panel this week:

Lorry Schoenly of and on Twitter @LorrySchoenly. Lorry’s recent article on correctional nurse handling patient hunger strikes.

Kim McAllister of and on Twitter @emergiblog.

Victoria Powell of and on Twitter @vpmedical.

and host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, RN, NREMTP, BA, AAS managing director of the ProMed Network and host of the Nursing Show and MedicCast weekly programs.

Join us as we delve in to our week’s topic.


Links from the show:

Nurse Led Spine Care Study

Minute Clinic President on Health Care Economics

Nurse Textbook & Racial Stereotypes

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