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What’s the Difference between a Physician and a Nurse Practitioner?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 16, 2020 10:15:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in self-advocacy, preparing for your doctor's appointment, ER

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For a moment, I would like you to imagine yourself in the following situation.

You are in the exam room for your diabetic check-up, expecting to see a familiar face. But instead of your primary care physician, a stranger walks in.  This individual is not a physician but is a nurse practitioner (NP). Do you know the difference between the two?

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Packing a Hospital "Go Bag"

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2020 9:40:38 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in elderly illness, ER, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Hospital

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We're familiar with the concept of packing a "Go Bag" in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, or if serving as active duty military. If you're someone with chronic illness who may need an emergency trip to the hospital, or someone who is at increased risk of hospitalization during the COVID 19 Pandemic, it's a good idea to pack a "Go Bag" now.

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Using Technology to Help with Medical Emergencies

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2019 8:01:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in preparing for your doctor's appointment, ER, technology

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It's generally recommended that everyone with significant medical problems wear a medical ID bracelet. Unfortunately, these are limited to a few lines of information and many people need to communicate more critical information than a line allows. How can you utilize your phone for important health information?

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Advocating for yourself at the ER

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Kim Mcilnay, BCPA posted in ER

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I recently assisted a client at the ER and was thinking about how important it is to have everything you need when you arrive to ensure safe care. Today, I'd like to focus on how you can best advocate for yourself at the ER as well as how to be most comfortable while there.

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