It’s extremely important to have a good relationship with our dermatology colleagues, especially when dealing with patients with possible psoriatic arthritis (PsA). As most of […]
There are a number of treatment guidelines/recommendations available in nearly every disease state that are based on high-quality clinical evidence. These guidelines typically take many […]
Treating patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) can be challenging when they fail to respond or lose their response to a specific therapy. Although we are […]
For many patients with an autoimmune disease, including myself, finding the right answers to our issues is all about “the journey.” My journey began in […]
When a patient is newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are specific treatment guidelines that are typically followed. This includes the initiation of one […]
I first met JY 2 weeks ago. A 35-year-old, tall, lanky male with a 2-year history of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA), JY initially presented to […]
Recently, I had a casual conversation with some nurse practitioner friends about an older adolescent I saw in clinic, and how my gut told me […]
I was diagnosed with my first chronic illness at age 5, so I’ve taken medication daily for basically as long as I can remember. As […]
In October 2017, I met JP, a 66-year-old female patient, for the first time. During our initial meeting, JP reported that she had been recently […]
Remember those “x-ray specs” they used to sell in the back of comic books? You’d send in your entire allowance, and in just 6-8 weeks, […]
As an adult rheumatology nurse with nearly 15 years in the field, I have a certain comfort level when educating patients who have been newly […]
The RNS is pleased to announce that the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation recently reviewed our application for re-accreditation as a provider of […]
Many years ago, in the pre-biologics era, a diagnosis of antibody-positive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in children was rather tragic, often foretelling a future of significant […]
Lupus is a chronic disease that requires long-term care, which can pose a significant challenge to the patient and health care team.
It’s a question that I have considered from time to time in my nursing career—in a patient with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who also […]
I still vividly remember the day we received the news that WS had passed away at the age of 32.
Pediatric rheumatology not only requires close attention to detail when it comes to direct patient care but also effective collaboration with a variety of other […]
Every healthcare provider knows that lupus is the great imposter. One day, it can affect one organ; the next, a whole different system can be […]
HL was 19 years old when she was transferred from a pediatric rheumatology practice into our adult practice.
New patient referrals are always exciting (at least to me). It’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.
Hopefully, you are familiar with the patient Bill of Rights that was drafted by the federal government’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in […]
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the age of 25, one of my first concerns was how it would impact my ability […]
As rheumatology nurses, we see many patients in what should be the prime years of their lives.
Being a new parent is never easy, but it can be especially challenging for patients with a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here […]
TK was an 8-year-old female who presented to our pediatric rheumatology clinic about a year ago with a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test result (1:320), […]