Healthcare Insider Blog

New research shows the dangers of some prescription drug interactions

  • Healthcare Alvernia

As an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) working in a primary care clinical practice setting, part of your daily routine might include prescribing medication to treat patients with both common and chronic illnesses. To prepare for this, Doctor of Nursing Practice students learn the essential pharmacology knowledge needed to determine appropriate […]

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Doctor of Physical Therapy student spotlight: Greg Schmehl

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For Greg Schmehl of Reading, PA, physical therapy is more than just the end goal of recovery, but the tiny moments that lead up to it. “It is the tiniest aspects of daily living that define your quality of life,” Schmehl explained. “Oftentimes with disabilities those events are diminished or even taken away completely. As […]

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Three Networking Tips for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students

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Although knowledge, skill and experience are most important in obtaining a job in the healthcare field, there are some extra steps Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students can take in making professional connections. These connections open the door to continued learning through shared research and articles, mentorship opportunities, job openings and so much more. Here […]

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The impact of Social Media on the Healthcare System

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Social media is an integral part of our daily routines. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that 74 percent of adult Internet users are active on one or more social networking sites. And, it’s no longer used simply to share funny cat videos. More than 40 percent of consumers report that information found via […]

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Three reasons nurse practitioners should consider working in rural areas

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The number of Americans living in regions with little or no access to doctors of nursing practice or other primary care providers has reached over 58 million and is continuing to grow. In the most recent report by ­­­­The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, Pennsylvania was recorded […]

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Partnership between Penn State Berks and Alvernia provides hands-on learning for Doctor of Physical Therapy students

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With the start of this past fall semester also came the start of a new collaboration between the Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program – the first of it’s kind in Berks County, and Penn State Berks – the only college in Berks County with a cadaver lab. The partnership will reserve five seats […]

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Study shows Doctors of Physical Therapy strengthening motor skills in Autism patients may ultimately improve social and communication skills

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According to research, Doctors of Physical Therapy can do more than just improve strength and balance in patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A study done by researchers at Oregon State University surveyed the development and motor skills of 159 children between ages 12 months to 33 months, including 110 children with an autism diagnosis. […]

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Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the future of Doctors of Physical Therapy

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This March will mark the six year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passing both houses of Congress and being signed into law by President Obama. What does the passage of this bill mean for those working in physical therapy or those students currently enrolled in a DPT program? Simply put, it means an […]

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Can Doctors of Physical Therapy use video games as a motivation technique in patients?

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In a recent blog post, we discussed techniques that Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy students can use to motivate their patients, both now and throughout their future careers. As mentioned, one of the greatest obstacles in a patient’s recovery process is lack of motivation to do home exercises. “Clinicians often struggle with creating attended, goal-directed […]

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The Need for Advance Practice Nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Teaching Roles

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014. The reason? An insufficient number of clinical sites, limited classroom space and access to clinical preceptors, budget constraints, and the number one factor: lack of faculty. And it’s not […]

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