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Diagnosing Migraine in Primary Care

Jun 14, 2022

Your friend, your aunt, your patient in your primary care office, medication commercials with celebrities - everyone seems to be talking about migraine. But is it a headache or is it a migraine?...

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Diagnosing Headache in Primary Care: Red Flags

Jun 07, 2022

Patients who come into primary care for a headache are often worried that it’s something very serious – and it’s your job to know whether it is or not. Many headaches are nothing...

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Workup For Syncope in Primary Care

May 23, 2022

Your patient passed out for no obvious reason, so their family insisted that they see their PCP. Now they’re waiting in your exam room, and you need a roadmap to determine what happened, what...

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Decreased Appetite in Children

May 10, 2022

Context is key for the pediatric patient with decreased appetite. Getting a sense of what is normal for the patient and their overall health goes a long way in deciding how to approach the visit....

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Diagnostic Approach to Fatigue in Primary Care

Apr 26, 2022

Fatigue is a tricky clinical topic that can seem overwhelming in a primary care visit – even for seasoned NPs. Is it acute or chronic? Is it a standalone symptom, or are there chronic...

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Approach to Hair Loss for New Nurse Practitioners

Jan 26, 2022

Patients coming into primary care with a chief complaint of hair loss can be so stressful as a new nurse practitioner.

First, let’s normalize this. It’s a broad differential and can be...

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Diabetes Case Study in Mentorship for Nurse Practitioners

Jan 18, 2022

So many new grads are most worried about building their clinical knowledge base-- for good reason!

But it’s one thing to prepare for clinical topics-- researching algorithms, choosing the...

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Managing CKD in Primary Care

Nov 09, 2021

When I was a new grad, I thought I’d never master CKD. It was so stressful because, as you probably know very well, unmanaged CKD can lead to kidney failure. 

But the more I’ve...

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Resistant Hypertension for Nurse Practitioners Part 2

Nov 02, 2021

In Part 2 of our Resistant Hypertension videos, I’m looking at hyperaldosteronism, or high aldosterone levels, as a cause for treatment-resistant hypertension — and an under-recognized...

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Resistant Hypertension - Part 1

Oct 20, 2021

Resistant hypertension is a common chief complaint in primary care clinics. But for new nurse practitioners, there’s a lot to sort through.

Resistant Hypertension in Primary Care

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