July 10, 2008
Nurse Practitioners Seek Support Tools for Fibromyalgia
Patients at National Conference
Hundreds of nurse practitioners stopped by the National Fibromyalgia Association’s exhibit booth to ask questions and receive literature on fibromyalgia during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 23rd National Conference. The conference was held June 26 to July 1 at the Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland. Representing the National Fibromyalgia Association were Rae Marie Gleason, executive director, and
Katrina Shibata, research and program development director.
“We were very encouraged at the show,” says Gleason. “The nurse practitioners that we met have such a genuine interest to help their patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, and because they have trained as registered nurses first, they tend to have a holistic perspective on patient care and are often more understanding.”
According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has graduate or advanced education, usually a master’s or doctorate degree, and clinical training beyond his or her RN course of study. They work in a variety of health venues, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and private doctor’s offices. Some have their own clinics and practices. Patients make approximately 600 million visits to a nurse practitioner each year and, as of 2006, there were almost 115,000 practicing nurse practitioners in the United States.
”The majority the individuals who visited the NFA booth were familiar with fibromyalgia and almost all of them noted that they have been seeing an increase in the number of patients with the disorder,” says Gleason. “The information they asked for most was new medication and treatment options backed by scientific research, diagnostic criteria and specific patient resources, such as Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine, the NFA’s website address and information on support groups.”
ABOUT THE NFA:
The National Fibromyalgia Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia by increasing the awareness of the public, media, government and medical communities. The NFA publishes a quarterly magazine, Fibromyalgia AWARE and hosts an award-winning website at http://www.FMaware.org