Jill Cash, MSN, APN and I first met and worked in the hospital at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Jill transitioned into the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) in the Medical Center and shortly thereafter I joined as research nurse in MFM. Although we were experienced advance practice nurses, as we transitioned into our respective nurse practitioner roles Jill identified the need for a nursing resource that would quickly provide information on differential diagnoses for both symptoms and diseases. Our discussions on this much needed reference also identified the need for guidelines, procedures, and patient education.
Family Practice Guidelines was written in collaboration with our nurse practitioner and physician assistant colleagues. The second edition of Family Practice Guidelines has been so well received in both hardback and e-book that Springer Publishing gave Jill and me the opportunity to update it.
The challenge of being a nurse practitioner or physician assistant is a big step especially right out of graduate school. Family Practice Guidelines 3rd Edition provides the novice and experienced NP with a needed resource that defines predisposing factors, common complaints, physical examination, differential diagnoses, and the treatment plan for common illnesses. The 3rd edition incorporates multiple new guidelines updated in 2012 and 2013.