Will Your Next Prescription be for the Pharmacy or the Farmacy?

by Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ISNA Member Almost 2500 years ago Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” These words are still relevant today. Some diseases are acute while others are chronic. Those that are chronic may include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, COPD, kidney disease, and some cancers. The leading causes of death in the US from disease are heart disease, followed by cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and chronic …

Fighting the Pain: The Burden of Chronic Migraine and the Role of Nurse Practitioners

by Cory Wilbanks, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C, CNL, CNE Assistant Professor, UTHSC College of Nursing As a chronic migraine sufferer and healthcare provider, it is my personal goal to improve both awareness of migraine as a public health burden and its management. Chronic migraine is a disease, and headache is only one feature of the disorder—a fact that most people are unaware of. Chronic migraine is a disabling headache disorder that inflicts a burden upon more than 2% of the …

A Message From ASNA President, Dr. Lindsey Harris

My fellow nurses, In line with our goal to advocate for patients and greater access to care, ASNA supports the need for Medicaid expansion in our state. We are not endorsing any specific model, but instead, we support bipartisan dialog toward improving access to care for all Alabamians. The following ASNA Policy Statement articulates our position. Also, note the link to a presentation from Cover Alabama that provides an interesting overview of the arguments for Medicaid expansion. ASNA Policy Statement: …

ASNA Partners with The Wellness Coalition in Dispelling Flu Vaccine Myths in African American Communities

There are many vaccines out for people to take to prevent diseases, but some populations of people are still hesitant to receive them. With a little over 68% of hospitalizations due to flu related complications, African Americans are at the most risk. In fact, African Americans in every age group rank highest for more hospitalizations caused by the flu. One reason the group is so greatly affected by the flu is the element fear accompanying vaccines and trust in vaccination …

A Holiday Message From ASNA President, Dr. Lindsey Harris

As president of the Alabama State Nurses Association, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you for being an ASNA/ANA member. As you can see in the highlights below this letter, together we have accomplished a lot in this difficult and challenging year. The World Health Organization named 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.” Little did we know the weight that designation would carry. I would like to personally thank you for all you do! Many of …

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