Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP's Nursing Blog

Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN, HTCP, MSN, RN, NP 7,784 Views

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.

Now I Know My AEDs : June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week

Long before I became a nurse, I was required to learn CPR. It's difficult to imagine now, but the CPR instruction I grew up with did not include the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)....

Can Pain Be Prevented?

It's easy to become so involved in the routine of assessing pain and administering pain medications, that we forget about the big picture of pain management. The public health crisis known as The...

Mandatory Evacuation: Facing Fear of the Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Opioid Crisis: 5 Options for Action

The opioid crisis is running rampant in rural and urban communities alike across the United States today. According to US government sources, more than 115 people die each day in the US from...

NPs on the Front Lines of Change: National Nurse Practitioner Week

November 12-18, 2017, is National Nurse Practitioner Week. I became a nurse practitioner (NP) in part because I received excellent care from one years ago. I imagined myself helping others in a...

Flood Waters Bring Lasting Health Hazards

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

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

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

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

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...


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