Frontier Nursing University (FNU) celebrated National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week by hosting a free virtual event from Nov. 11-15. Four sessions presented by FNU leaders educated viewers on various topics affecting NPs everywhere. Viewers were also able to receive continuing education (CE) credits from two sessions, which are still available for those who have not yet participated! Here is a recap of each of our NP Week Virtual Event sessions.
FREE CE: Reflective Practice: A Leadership Enhancement Tool
Katheryn Arterberry, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Dr. Arterberry was taught the importance of reflection by her mother at a very young age, and she has certainly seen it ring true in her work in health care. In this session, Dr. Arterberry tells us that reflective practice is the foundation of professional development. It makes meaning from experience and transforms insights into practical strategies for personal growth and organizational impact. She emphasized that reflective practice is an active endeavor, not simply thinking about the past. Effective reflection allows leaders to challenge assumptions, review current practices, recognize harmful behaviors, and develop new ways of working. She gives us practical ways to implement critical reflection in our own lives, starting with structured journaling and through dialogue in a group setting.
FREE CE: Evidence-Based Prescribing of Practices in Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC
In this informative session on post-traumatic stress disorder, Dr. Calohan outlined the new DSM 5 diagnostic criteria implemented in 2014 that categorized PTSD separately from anxiety disorders. He reviewed the physical and psychological symptoms of different forms of PTSD. He told us about emerging neurobiological theories that are influencing new treatment methods, including targeting the endocannaboid system and GABA-B receptors associated with fear extinction. Dr. Calohan reviewed potential evidence-based treatment courses, going into the different options (or lack thereof) in the categories of anti-depressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines, and hypnotics. He also talked about the importance of sleep for PTSD patients and dove into evidence found in a recent study of the efficacy of Prazosin for trauma nightmares, giving advice on prescribing Prazosin. At the conclusion, Dr. Calohan provides a wealth of tools, external resources, and care models for PTSD patient care.
A Team-Based Approach to Improving Timely Sepsis Care
Carla Bray, DNP, FNP-C
Sepsis is deadly with delayed treatment and constitutes the number one hospital cost in America. In this session, Dr. Bray describes a project she instituted in response to concerning results on a survey of sepsis charts in the Tippah County Hospital Emergency Department. The project focused on four main areas: team engagement, patient engagement, sepsis screening, and the sepsis checklist. Dr. Bray reviewed the one-hour bundle for sepsis best practice that was implemented in the project. She discussed the adjustments they made as the project went on to continue to improve sepsis patient care, including simplifying tools, nurse initiated orders, and more effective interventions. The project results exceeded goals in each of the four categories, and Dr. Bray is now working on expanding the project to the Tippah County EMTs.
Nurse Practitioners in Action Serving Their Communities
In the final session of the week, FNU NP faculty shared with us how each are serving the rural, diverse and underserved in their own communities. Led by Associate Dean of Family Nursing Lisa Chappell, PhD, FNP-BC, the session kicked off with Nena Harris, PhD, FNP-BC, CNM, CNE who talked about integrating a comprehensive case management model of health care to homeless women and children in Charlotte, N.C. Nikita Duke, DNP, PMHNP-BC discussed the need for integrating behavioral access care into the urgent care environment in her Muscle Shoals, Ala. community. Diane John, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE told us about her work in Miramar, Fla., fostering relationships with community partners and community dwellers, and providing leadership opportunities for nurse practitioners. Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP shared about the expansion of a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. NP organization, who has helped Kids in Distress for many years and has now added a community outreach committee to help other underserved community members. Finally, Mary Biggerstaff, MSN, FNP talked about her impactful work at a low barrier Medication Assisted Therapy/suboxone clinic for opiate dependence in Olympia, Wash.
Thank you to all who participated in our virtual event! You can view each of the sessions (and earn CE credit for two!) by visiting Frontier.edu/NPWeek.