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  • NPACE Notes: November 2022

    Table of Content

    1. From the Director

    2. 2023 Conferences

    3. Black Friday Sale

    4. Partners of NPACE

    5. Monthly Article

    6. Monthly Wisdom

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    From the Director

    By: Terri Schmitt, Executive Director 

    Gratitude, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the state of being grateful. Then, in all capital letters Merriam-Webster’s notes “THANKFULNESS”. Gratitude sums up how I feel today about being with NPACE and the work the organization has done in the last year. Last month, I had the honor of reviewing all of the ‘give-back’ in free continuing education, faculty seats, and student-centric products that NPACE provided thus far in 2022. This give-back I am thankful for and has enhanced my own NP practice.

    This month I am grateful we completed the last of our 2022 conferences in Boston and opened registration for our first two conferences of 2023 in Savannah and Denver. The Boston event was one of the high points of the year for me, where NPACE got to celebrate both Veterans’ Day and NP Week with nurse practitioners from across the nation. We were able to read the Massachusetts governor’s proclamation of NP week with our board of directors President, Karen Windle. Continue reading
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    2023 Conference Registration

     

                    Register for Savannah!                                                                                     Register for Denver! 

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    Black Friday Sale

    NPACE is back again this year with another spectacular Black Friday sale!

    Get 50% off your entire cart at the NPACE Learning Center! With a wide selection of more than 120+ individual courses and 20+ bundles, you can find the exact courses you need. Only on November 25th till 11:59 PM EST!

    Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY22 at checkout to redeem this offer!

    *Excludes NONPF Bundle

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    Partners of NPACE

    PCEC Free COPD Course

    Earn 1.0 CE Credits when you complete this Free CE Course! Available until Nov 30th – Click HERE TO REGISTER

     

     


    IDD Healthcare Course (Intellectability)

    NPACE has partnered with IntellectAbility to bring clinicians the fundamentals of IDD healthcare, providing learners with pertinent, practical information that can be used immediately in their practices to improve outcomes, reduce suffering, and prevent unnecessary death in their patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Use code NPACE22 for $200 off! Register NOW!

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    Palliative Care: An idea whose time has come

    By: Jackie P. Fournier NP, C. ACHPN

    hirley lives with her husband and is constantly surrounded by her grandchildren. They give her joy. Despite ebbing energy, she insists on being surrounded by them. Shirley has been living with throat cancer for about a year. She has received all the established cancer treatments including surgery. Shirley can’t talk but she can express her needs, desires, and loves very easily. I am fortunate enough to care for her in outpatient oncology. I am a palliative care nurse practitioner. Read more

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    Monthly Wisdom

    CDC Releases 2021 Chronic Disease Statistics

    On September 27th, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data from the Behavioral Risk Surveillance System (BRSS). This database provides critical information on trends about chronic disease and risk factors. Information from over 400,000 participants helps to track diseases and risk factors for development including depression, asthma, cancer, diabetes, and more. Information on the database release can be found here. 

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    As always, thank you for supporting NPACE!  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Palliative care: An idea whose time has come

    Palliative care: An idea whose time has come

    By: Jackie P. Fournier NP, C. ACHPN

     Shirley lives with her husband and is constantly surrounded by her grandchildren. They give her joy. Despite ebbing energy, she insists on being surrounded by them. Shirley has been living with throat cancer for about a year. She has received all the established cancer treatments including surgery. Shirley can’t talk but she can express her needs, desires, and loves very easily. I am fortunate enough to care for her in outpatient oncology. I am a palliative care nurse practitioner. 

    Frequently, palliative care teams are asked “what is palliative care”? Dr. Cicely Saunders and Dr. Balfour Mount are credited for establishing the foundation of palliative care.  Dame Cicely Saunders, a nurse, social worker, and physician established the discipline and culture of palliative care. Dr. Mount, a Canadian urologic oncology surgeon coined the name, “Palliative care” to define a specialized healing approach for patients and families dealing with serious illnesses. Each explored the essence of caring through curative care or when a cure could not be attained. At any stage of an illness, palliative care (PC) provides relief of symptoms affecting QOL and offers an extra layer of support to patients, families, healthcare teams, and PC partners1.

    In the early 1980s, PC services for patients with cancer were acknowledged as a needed and essential health service2.  Serious illnesses with high mortality rates, like heart failure, prompted the American Heart Association to call for PC integration into routine heart failure management3.  PC can improve patient-centered outcomes and reduce hospital costs and admission rates. Among patients with lung cancer, those with PC involved had fewer depressive symptoms, lower rates of aggressive treatment at end of life (EOL), and greater family and caregiver satisfaction4. In patients with COPD who had an unpredictable disease trajectory, early PC involvement and regular discussions reduced emotional angst, provided time to digest information, and an opportunity to understand the illness5. Despite research supporting the benefits of early utilization of PC services, misconceptions persist that PC is only to be used at EOL5.

    So, the obvious question is, “why do delays in the utilization of PC services persist”?  One barrier to the appropriate use of PC may be the name itself. The term PC evokes confusion and fear because of perceived links to active dying or hospice3.  Another barrier may be the referrer’s lack of knowledge regarding what PC provides. Despite growing populous needs, the lack of PC providers may also be a barrier to PC referrals5, 6. The PC model focuses on the biopsychosocial needs of those with serious, chronic illness and their families.  Palliative care affords an extra layer of support across all healthcare settings that provides an opportunity to optimize care and clarify the goals of care.

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  • NPACE Notes: October 2022

    Table of Content

    1. From the Director

    2. Bobbie Medical

    3. 2022 Nurse Practitioner Week

    4. Partners of NPACE

    5. Save the Dates! 

    6. Monthly Wisdom 

    7. Needs Assessment

    8. NOTEWorthy

    9. Meet Our New NPACE Staff Members

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    From the Director

    By: Terri Schmitt, Executive Director 

    NPACE 2022 Give Back & 2023 Sneak Peek

    As a non-profit, NPACE works hard in to give back to the NP community through excellent continuing education and opportunities. Without requiring membership we ensure our content is accessible to any NP. We are proud to note that in 2022 thus far we are able to provide significant giveback in our educational offerings! Below are just a few of the ways we are able to provide continuing education content:

    • Thus far, we have provided partner courses each month to over 300 learners totaling over 2,100 registrants.
    • Through our work with partner organizations we were able to provide two free continuing education webinars with partners to over 250 registrants. Read more

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    Bobbie Medical

    Supporting Combination Feeding: Navigating the Spectrum of Infant Supplementation

    Join their discussion on Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:30pm EST on Zoom! Register here! Dietitians can claim 0.75 CPEU, and RN can claim 1.0 CE.

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    2022 Nurse Practitioner Week: Nov 13 – 19

    “NPACE is excited to celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week and thanks all nurse practitioners for what they do to improve healthcare in Massachusetts and the United States.”                                                                                                                                               – Josh Plotkin, COO 

    Governor Charles D. Baker has proclaimed November 13th – 19th, 2022 as Nurse Practitioner Week with this year theme as: Rising to Meet the Needs of Patients. NPACE will read the proclamation on the 13th of November at our Boston Conference to celebrate NP week and thank all nurse practitioners in Massachusetts and the United States. In celebration of Nurse Practitioner Week, NPACE is also having a sale on our Learning Center. 

    Check out our Press Release for Nurse Practitioner Week! 

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    Partners of NPACE

    PCEC

    Register now for a new Free CE program, New Horizons in Asthma Care.This program is available between Oct 1 – Oct 31 and must be completed by October 31st to earn credit. Register here! 

     


    Janssen 

    Join the Janssen’s virtual discussion on Patient & Provider Perspectives on the Treatment-resistant Depression Journey November 3rd, 2022. The live broadcast will be discussing SPRAVATO, a different option for treating adult patients with treatment-resistant depression. Learn more.


    Scynexis 

    You are invited to an educational event with Scynexis! Virtual Meeting: Women’s health topic on Vulvovaginal Candidiasis Multiple program dates to choose from depending on your state/region! Programs will be concluding in the next two weeks, be sure to check them out now! View Scynexis Program Opportunities! 


    IntellectAbility 

    NPACE has partnered with IntellectAbility to bring clinicians the fundamentals of IDD healthcare, providing learners with pertinent, practical information that can be used immediately in their practices to improve outcomes, reduce suffering, and prevent unnecessary death in their patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Use code NPACE22 for $200 off. Register NOW!

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    Save the dates! 2023 Conference Registration Opening Soon! 

    NPACE is extremely excited to announce our 2023 conference locations. Registration for NPACE 2023 Conferences will open on our website soon! Follow our social media to stay updated! For NPACE On-Demand courses, check out the NPACE Learning Center! 

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    Monthly Wisdom

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer

    By: Mona Williams-Gregory, PhD, DNP, APRN

    Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, very aggressive cancer that accounts for up to 5% of all breast cancers in the US1. At the time of diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer is usually stage III or IV1. As many as 30% of cases involve metastasis2. Identifying inflammatory breast cancer can be challenging because symptoms emerge rapidly and may be mistaken for an acute inflammatory process like mastitis3. It is more common among African American women, women under 40, and women who are overweight or obese2. Read more ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Needs Assessment 

    NPACE Values Your Opinion!  

    NPACE is conducting a brief, 10-minute survey to better understand the learning environments and formats that Nurse Practitioners prefer when selecting their continuing education activities. As we develop our conference plans for 2023, we’d love to hear how we can best serve you at our live conferences and with online learning opportunities.

    As a thank you, all survey respondents will receive 10% off any 2023 in-person conference upon completion. In addition, NPACE will also raffle 4 free conference seats to any 2023 in-person conference! Each person who completes the survey will be entered into the raffle to win a free registration to one 2023 in-person conference!

    Thank you in advance for sharing your insights with us, and we look forward to seeing you at a future NPACE conference!

    Take the survey HERE

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    NOTEWorthy

    CDC Releases 2021 Chronic Disease Statistics

    On September 27th, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data from the Behavioral Risk Surveillance System (BRSS). This database provides critical information on trends pertaining to chronic disease and risk factors. Information from over 400,000 participants help to track diseases and risk factors for development including depression, asthma, cancer, diabetes and more. Information on the database release can be found here. 

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    Meet Our New NPACE Staff Members 

    Danielle Slavin – Administrative Assistant

    I was born and raised in Foxboro, MA. I am now raising my two boys, Brayden and Antonio, in my hometown. I achieved my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Johnson & Wales University. I truly enjoy a challenge, meeting new people, and strive to learn something new every day. During my free time, I love spending quality time with my family. We enjoy attending Monster Trucks, especially when they come to Gillette.

     

    Maya Nguyen – Public Relations, Communications, and Relationships Coordinator

    I recently graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications specialized in PR and Event Planning. I’m a big traveler and a music lover. In 2019, I traveled all the way to Thailand for a concert, and it is by far one of the best experiences I have had traveling. However, my favorite place still has to be Sydney, Australia. When I was 12, I did a study abroad program in Gold Coast and Sydney.It was my first time traveling without my parents. Experiencing a whole new country with my friends truly sparked my interest and love for traveling. 

     

    Catherine Frattasio – Event Planner 

    I began my career in NYC working in the medical education arena, planning pharmaceutical and biotech meetings. I moved back to Boston in 2002 and gained experience planning incentives, sales kick offs, and client events working internally for a technology firm. In 2010, I started my own event planning company in hopes of balancing my growing family and my busy travel schedule. I’m excited to join NPACE and help produce exceptional conferences. My favorite part of planning is seeing an event come to life. I love creating something with a purpose and have a keen understanding of the event goals. Outside of work, I’m a mom of three who keep me busy with their ever-growing sport schedules! I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite spot, anytime of the year, is the beach at sunset!​​​​​

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    As always, thank you for supporting NPACE!  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer 

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer 

    By: Mona Williams-Gregory, PhD, DNP, APRN

           Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, very aggressive cancer that accounts for up to 5% of all breast cancers in the US1. At the time of diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer is usually stage III or IV1. As many as 30% of cases involve metastasis2. Identifying inflammatory breast cancer can be challenging because symptoms emerge rapidly and may be mistaken for an acute inflammatory process like mastitis3. It is more common among African American women, women under 40, and women who are overweight or obese2. As a result of lymphatic fluid buildup within the breast, clinical manifestations include bruising or redness, swelling, warmth, pain, itching, dimpling of the skin, or pulling of the nipple1-3.  Traditional mammography may not be useful in diagnosing inflammatory breast cancer. Most women with inflammatory breast cancer do not have a lump and their breast tissue is dense1. These factors make mammography less definitive, but it can be useful in identifying lymph node involvement. An ultrasound, PET scan, CT scan, or bone scan can also be used to evaluate metastasis1. A breast biopsy is used to definitively diagnose inflammatory breast cancer1-3. The standard of care for nonmetastatic inflammatory breast cancer employs a trimodal approach of systemic chemotherapy followed by modified radical mastectomy and radiation1-3. The survival rate for women with inflammatory breast cancer is lower than that of women with other types of breast cancer1-4. But outcomes associated with this trimodal approach have favorable control rates4, which highlights the importance of early detection and prompt treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. Let’s use breast cancer awareness month as an opportunity to educate our patients about inflammatory breast cancer.

    References

    1. National Institute of Health (NIH). (2016, January). Inflammatory breast cancer. https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/ibc-fact-sheet
    2. American Cancer Society. (2022, March). Inflammatory breast cancer. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/types-of-breast-cancer/inflammatory-breast-cancer.html
    1. Susan G. Komen. (2022, May). Inflammatory breast cancer. https://www.komen.org/breast-cancer/treatment/by-diagnosis/inflammatory-breast-cancer/
    1. Hester, R. H., Hortobagyi, G. N., Lim, B. (2021). Inflammatory breast cancer: Early recognition and diagnosis is critical. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 4, 392-396. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2021.04.217
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