Rheumatology nurses and healthcare providers gathered from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Kenya to “Join the Race to Rheumatology” at the 7th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) Conference. The conference—which had the largest attendance in the organization’s history—provided networking opportunities and inspired rheumatology nurses to achieve excellence in the care of the rheumatology patient across the life span.
Many nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) working in rheumatology clinics appear ready and willing to diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a recently published survey. The results may pinpoint a key to preventing the projected shortfall in rheumatologists in the near future, the researchers suggest.
Successful interventions provided by rheumatology nurses By Alice Goodman Madrid, Spain—Two companion studies reported at the 2013 annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) show that nurse-led programs can improve the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Physician extender programs such as these can potentially be resource-saving and cost-saving.
The certification through portfolio process can be used to promote the rheumatology nurse’s professional development and performance, said Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN, at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS).
By Wayne Kuznar San Diego, CA—Rheumatology nursing is in its infancy but is evolving rapidly as demand increases for modern services and new complex medications require skilled providers to administer and manage them, said Kori A. Dewing, DNP, ARNP, Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA, at the 2013 American College of Rheumatology meeting.
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