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As a wellness coach, family nurse practitioner, and liver of an eventful life, I take great pleasure in helping people sift through the facts and fictions of human health wellness to uncover their own personal truths and chart a course to health empowerment.

Mandatory Evacuation: Facing Fear of the Unknown

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Fire on the Mountain Last Tuesday evening at 6:15 pm, when my smartphone vibrated to announce an incoming text, I broke my personal rule against texting during meetings, and surreptitiously...

Health Rule #1: Wash Your Hands - Good Hand Hygiene for Flood Victims

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Hand washing is rule number one in preventive health, and it becomes even more important in the aftermath of a flood, where nearly everyone and everything has been touched by contaminated water. Most...

FITTNESS Mnemonic for Physical Activity – Part 1 of 2

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Lifestyle change recommendations often involve a directive to “increase physical activity,” but what kind of patient education best supports the patient’s efforts to exercise more? I realized early...

Mnemonic for Assessing DEMENTIA

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - When I am assessing a patient and dementia is suspected, there are two key concepts I like to keep in mind: There is a difference between dementia and delirium, and dementia has both irreversible and...

Two Mnemonics for Nurse Coaching Improve Change Talk: RULE and WAIT

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - If you want to have healthy conversations about change with your patients, or anyone else, all you need to do is to follow the RULE and WAIT. I learned about RULE and WAIT from the book, Nurse...

Men With Eating Disorders are Underrecognized and Underserved

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Health news headlines in late 2016 drew attention to a Wisconsin man, Max Briles, 26, who passed away from complications related to anorexia nervosa. The Chippewa Herald reported that Briles declined...

Orientation to Nurse Coaching: What Is Coaching Anyway?

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - I first experienced the power of coaching at a local Holistic Nurses Association chapter conference. At the time, I was in nursing school and I was struggling with a decision to stay in school or...

Flood Waters Bring Lasting Health Hazards

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Whether you are volunteering your services on-site or providing other forms of support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, public health professionals including nurses of all specialties owe it to...

FITTNESS Mnemonic for Physical Activity - Part 2 of 2

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - This is Part 2 of a two-part article that identifying FITTNESS as a mnemonic for physical activity and suggesting a patient-centered approach for its clinical application. Part 1 of this article...

Preventing Dementia and Cognitive Decline

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Recent health-news headlines identified three potentially effective interventions for preventing dementia and cognitive decline: blood pressure control, physical activity, and cognitive training. The...

Upgrade Your Stress Awareness to Stress-Savviness

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Becoming a stress-savvy nurse goes far beyond having an intellectual awareness that stress exists in our professional and personal lives. Being stress-savvy requires thinking about stress in...

Orientation to Nurse Coaching: Benefits of Nurse Coaching

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - Some of my most rewarding moments as a coach and a nurse practitioner in family practice have occurred when my patients have gotten measurable results from their lifestyle changes. For example, the...

Mnemonic for Care of Eating Disorders: WHATS UP DOC

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - When providing quality care for patients with eating disorders, the mnemonic WHATS UP DOC can help nurses at all levels of proficiency remember that there are multiple psychosocial factors and...

Lifelong Learning

by Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP - The first time I heard the classic statement, “Nursing is a profession involving lifelong learning,” I was incredibly inspired. I felt goosebumps and remember thinking, “Ooh, yeah, that’s me—sign me...


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