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Primary Care Physicians Show Support for NP’s

The panel this week included host Jamie Davis and he was joined by nurse consultant Victoria Powell from ( returning after her debut in last week’s show. Jamie and Victoria also had the pleasure to welcome Insights newcomer Terri Schmitt, a Missouri nurse practitioner and educator and author of the popular blog.

Kicking off the show this week was a surprising editorial showing support for acceptance and active collaboration with nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Practice. Dr. Jeff Susman, M.D. wrote in his editorial that the time had come for physicians to stop the divisive action taken consistently against any move to increase the scope of the advanced practice nurse.

Whoa! Yep, you read that correctly. The primary care physicians have, at least in part, recognized the increased value that nurses at all levels bring to the care of all of our patients.

Pediatric NP’s Release Child Obesity Clinical Guide

The second story in the show this week talked about the newly released guidelines from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to tackle the increasing problem of childhood obesity in the U.S. The plan focuses on the multi-factoral nature of the problem and the panel discussed the ways in which we could take that many pronged approach a step further by including other community and health care resources.

Both Victoria and Terri promoted the inclusion of the school nurses in any community plan. When all of the community is focused on the problem, from public health, to education, to local businesses, the issues don’t seem as insurmountable as before.

Gifts to Take Care of Nurses

The final story in the show looked at a recent article by Terri on her blog, She proposes a list of ten potential gift items to give this holiday season that focus on really giving back to the world and community around us. On the show, this discussion soon became about the ways that nurses don’t really think of taking care of themselves very much and how important it is to recognize the nurses who have taken care of us in some way over the last year.

It was pointed out that all of us, as nurses, needed that “Jimmy Stewart – It’s a Wonderful Life” moment where we see all of the positive changes we have wrought in the lives of those around us. It might truly astound us how much difference we really make in our communities and our patients’ lives.

Tell us what you are doing to take care of yourself this holiday season. Send us an email at and tell us what the perfect gift for you would be!

Come back for next week’s show and our discussion of the IOM report on the future of nursing. You won’t want to miss this episode.


Join us!

On the panel this week:

Victoria Powell of and on Twitter @vpmedical.

Terri Schmitt from and on Twitter @onlinenursing.

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:

Journal of Family Practice Editorial on NP Collaboration

Pediatric NP’s and Child Obesity Clinical Program Guide article on 10 Gifts For this Holiday Season

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