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I know this topic has been beaten to a pulp, but I wanted to know if you lovely APNs would recommend a primary care practice guideline book I can look over before I begin my FNP clinicals.

Thank you in advance! 🙂

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Generally see people follow usptf recommendations and read afp, which gives good summary articles.

 

Oh, you ask for a book, not sure then...usually easier to pull up guidelines from uptodate on my phone since they pull from major societies anyways.

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On 10/21/2019 at 11:44 PM, popopopo said:

Generally see people follow usptf recommendations and read afp, which gives good summary articles.

 

Oh, you ask for a book, not sure then...usually easier to pull up guidelines from uptodate on my phone since they pull from major societies anyways.

Thank you for the advice!

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LadyT618 has 15 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Home Health, Primary Care.

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These worked for me when I was in between patients during my clinicals, as well as prior to starting clinicals to get acquainted: Pocket Primary Care,  Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook. I also had UpToDate through my school.

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SopranoKris is a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Read practice guidelines from AAFP, ACOG, AAP, USPSTF, CDC, etc. 

Really know the common things you're going to see, such as:

-first line treatment plans for HTN & DM2

-common childhood illnesses (acute & chronic)

-vaccination schedules (recommended, delayed & accelerated)

-pros & cons of each birth control method

-know how to do a good pelvic/PAP, especially putting your pt at ease during exam

-common OB tests

Make sure you have good apps on your phone like UptoDate so you can quickly reference it in clinicals. It has really helped me during clinicals. I also use Epocrates as well, but I find UptoDate is what the physicians use most frequently in the practices I've been in so far.

 

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LadyT618 has 15 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Home Health, Primary Care.

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11 hours ago, SopranoKris said:

Read practice guidelines from AAFP, ACOG, AAP, USPSTF, CDC, etc. 

Really know the common things you're going to see, such as:

-first line treatment plans for HTN & DM2

-common childhood illnesses (acute & chronic)

-vaccination schedules (recommended, delayed & accelerated)

-pros & cons of each birth control method

-know how to do a good pelvic/PAP, especially putting your pt at ease during exam

-common OB tests

Make sure you have good apps on your phone like UptoDate so you can quickly reference it in clinicals. It has really helped me during clinicals. I also use Epocrates as well, but I find UptoDate is what the physicians use most frequently in the practices I've been in so far.

 

YESSS, THIS!!! Piggybacking off this, CDC has their vaccine schedules and STD info in app form as well. 

Also UpToDate is a heaven sent. I love my school (USA) for offering to students. I am looking to continuing it beyond graduation, whether or not my employer pays for it. FYI: AANP members get a discount (just found this out yesterday). 😀😉

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On 10/29/2019 at 8:53 PM, SopranoKris said:

Read practice guidelines from AAFP, ACOG, AAP, USPSTF, CDC, etc. 

Really know the common things you're going to see, such as:

-first line treatment plans for HTN & DM2

-common childhood illnesses (acute & chronic)

-vaccination schedules (recommended, delayed & accelerated)

-pros & cons of each birth control method

-know how to do a good pelvic/PAP, especially putting your pt at ease during exam

-common OB tests

Make sure you have good apps on your phone like UptoDate so you can quickly reference it in clinicals. It has really helped me during clinicals. I also use Epocrates as well, but I find UptoDate is what the physicians use most frequently in the practices I've been in so far.

 

Thank you so much!!

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