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Nurses Seek More Independence

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By Tamara Lytle When nurse anesthetist and Air Force Reserve Col. Jan Setnor served as a sole provider at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, no doctor was looking over her shoulder as she cared for patients. But back home in Reston in civilian practice, “all of a sudden, I’m supervised again,” she said. Setnor and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have master’s degrees and are trained to work without a physician’s supervision. They are working to educate state …

New Law Helps Inform Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving By Merry MacKinnon When Robert C. A. Moore heard his wife, Janie, calling to him, he hurried into the kitchen, where he found her lying on the terra-cotta floor. She had fallen and broken her hip. Janie had her hip replaced in Mexico, where they were visiting. But after returning to Portland, she was hospitalized for replacement of the new hip. Back home, Moore fed her, washed her, helped her onto her electric scooter and encouraged her to do her …

Nurses Seek More Independence

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing By Hilary Appelman On any given day, Kathy Gray might give a newborn a well-baby exam, diagnose a child with flu, prescribe medication for an underactive thyroid, order a colonoscopy, make a referral to an endocrinologist and counsel an older patient on managing high blood pressure. After 16 years as a nurse practitioner, Gray would love to open her own primary care practice. But she says a Pennsylvania law that requires nurse practitioners to have a contractual arrangement with a …

New Law May Draw Nurses to Rural Areas

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing   By Mary Van Beusekom Until Jan. 1, Elizabeth Chidothe, a family nurse practitioner in Minneapolis, had to work under contract to a physician she rarely saw. Now, thanks to a new state law, she is free to practice and prescribe on her own. “The law has essentially reflected what was already in practice, where we weren’t in need of this contract,” she said. The written physician agreements, nurses say, were a barrier to their practice because they were tethered …

Virginia Patient & Family Network seeks volunteers

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Your insights as a patient or caregiver can help doctors, hospitals and nursing homes deliver better care. VHQC, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network for Virginia, is seeking volunteers to contribute their experience to statewide healthcare improvement initiatives. AARP Virginia is one of VHQC’s partners in this work, which includes projects that focus on living well with diabetes or heart disease, avoiding infections in healthcare facilities, coordinating care after discharge from the hospital, and improving quality in nursing homes. You will …

Choosing Wisely Community Forum in Portland

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Events Choosing Wisely: Making Better Health Care Choices for You & Your Family A Community Forum Join “At Home on Munjoy Hill” (AHOM) & Maine Quality Counts on Sunday, Feb 8, 2-4PM East End School, 195 North St, Portland Bring a friend, bring your family, and join us for an engaging discussion! The U.S. spends more on health care than any other developed country – and gets worse results. At the same time, we know that as patients, we sometimes ask …