Weathering the Storm: Healthcare Providers and Disaster

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Hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters have monopolized our attention lately. Though I was far outside of the paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I monitored their progress. With each update, I considered how ill prepared I would be for a local emergency. It wasn’t always this way. In 2005 I was living and working in…

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Small Towns, Big Opportunities for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

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I recently had the privilege and pleasure of seeing John Mellencamp perform live at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia. It was a warm summer night, so I kicked back on a blanket on the lawn of the outdoor theater and listened. I was looking up at the stars when Mellencamp…

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10 Things Every Nurse Needs to Know About Marijuana Use and Breastfeeding

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A wave of marijuana legislation has rolled over the country during the past several years. As of now, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legitimized the use of medical marijuana; eight of these states also permit the recreational use of marijuana. Medical or recreational, legal or not, marijuana is the “illicit” drug used…

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