Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN MSN, RN, NP

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Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Lane is growing her integrative wellness coaching practice, Best Health Interest, while teaching advanced practice nursing at Samuel Merritt University and working as a freelance writer. Prior to becoming a family nurse practitioner, Lane enjoyed a 20-year career in agricultural public relations and worked as a freelance writer specializing in the outdoor market. She loves nature, animals (especially mules), and art, and her idea of a good time is horsepacking in remote wilderness areas. Lane lives with her husband, John, in rural northern California.

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  1. Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN

    Six Pieces of Advice for New Nurses

    Thank you so much @Melissa Mills for offering these great tips. I recently interviewed a ton of nursing candidates (many of whom were new grads) for a small-but-growing start-up. Apparently, several of the candidates had never been advised in job-sea...
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    I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!

    WOW!. That's more than the average salary of a licensed vocational nurse (according to lvnsalary.org).
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    I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!

    This is an incredibly important gold nugget of wisdom. "What would it take for me to have peace of mind on this job, or any other?" would be a good question to explore for anyone who's second-guessing their career choice.
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Sadly, cooking from scratch seems almost to be a lost art. And when the household adult role-model doesn't cook from scratch, how do kids learn? The Home Economics classes that used to be taught in US public schools were a great place for some some ...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    I wish with all my soul that the medical and nursing professions would take nutrition education more seriously and devote more time to it in the classroom and during clinical rotations. Alas, that's not the case right now. Meanwhile, I don't pretend...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Referrals to dieticians are ideal, I agree, but they have been ever-so-problematic in my experience. First is the infinite frustration when you know your patient would benefit from the consult, but their insurance won't cover it, and they can't affor...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Your point is well taken, and is very important. It amazes me how most people really don't have a basic understanding of chemistry. I'll never forget giving a health-related community presentation several years ago and the word "molecule" came out o...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    You touch upon multiple important points here: eagerness to assign blame, spread of misinformation, lack of funding for sound nutritional research, prevalence of chemicals in the environment, and lifestyle factors. The big takeaway for me in your com...
  9. Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN

    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Good for you for remembering your charting system has built-in educational handouts and using them! And the feedback about the "big words" from your patient was super-useful. Is there a way you can share your experience with others in your organizati...
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    Medical coding/billing for RNs

    Coding and billing knowledge is truly specialized, so I say get all the education you can if this is an area of interest for you. I actually spent my morning today looking for continuing education opportunities for myself on billing and coding (good ...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Agreed. We really need to get back to basics and common sense, don't we?
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    I totally agree there's a "confluence of factors" that needs to be considered whenever nutrition/dietary/eating habits are concerned. I would add to the list of factors: hormonal changes, culture and belief systems, stress management, medication effe...
  13. Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN

    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    You bring up a great point that far too many healthcare professionals don't understand the difference between "educating" and coaching/supporting a patient through a change. Change is difficult, whether it's weight loss or something else. Any amoun...
  14. Lane Therrell FNP, MSN, RN

    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    Getting bullied by healthcare professionals is never ok... and it's beyond comprehension to me that it could happen when you're having good outcomes. In my humble opinion, if they truly cared about their work, they'd be asking you how you're making a...
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    Helping Patients Make Healthier Food Choices

    You are indeed fortunate to have easy access to a nutrition expert. Sure wish I had the same! ?