Naples, FL (PRWEB) June 25, 2008
A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices, authored by Carla Mills, ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) and founder of Maverick Health, was recently named the winner in the Health Category of the 2008 National Indie Excellence Book Award and a finalist in the Health/Wellness Category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The book provides readers with practical, easy-to understand information that promotes preventive care and personal responsibility, which can reduce costs associated with healthcare, lost productivity, and absenteeism in the workplace.
Written from the perspective of a nurse practitioner, A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices views wellness as a measurable and achievable goal that is within the reach of every individual. It is based on Ms. Mills' up-close and personal view of the struggles that patients face when dealing with different conditions and diseases. The book links risk factor management to early diagnosis and treatment, and delivers its message based on nursing's own unique brand of care (treating not just the condition, but also the patient's response to the condition). In her book, Ms. Mills offers a common sense approach that helps individuals make smart choices and behavioral changes that can significantly reduce their risk for developing major diseases before symptoms appear. Ms. Mills includes tools for developing a personalized health risk profile, practical guidance to create a self-care plan, and a reference guide to understand risks, as well as common medications, tests, and treatments.
"Aggressive preventive care by professionals and energetic self-care by individuals is critical if we are to reduce risks and lower healthcare costs," says Carla Mills, ARNP. "This book offers a handy and insightful means to identify underlying behaviors that can lead to illness. Most important, it outlines very practical steps that can reduce individual risks and prevent illnesses from occurring or reoccurring. These awards not only recognize the quality and breadth of the content, but also validate this practical, real-world approach to wellness. My hope is that the book will reach the tens of thousands--indeed millions--of people, from executives who need to take time to evaluate their own health to plant employees to every-day consumers, who want to take charge so they can lead more rewarding, full, and productive lives."
The Indie Excellence Awards, sponsored by Smarketing, LLC, are judged by an independent panel of experts from all aspects--editing, marketing, publicity, and design--of the publishing industry. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 70 different categories and is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.
A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices can be purchased exclusively online for $16.95 (plus shipping and handling) at http://www.maverickhealth.com. For bulk orders, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing. Qualified media can receive a complimentary copy of the book for review upon request.
About Maverick Health
Maverick Health, founded by Carla Mills, ARNP, is dedicated to creating a health care system to complement the country's current sick care system. Its mission is to reduce chronic diseases and prevent catastrophic health events in both individuals and populations. Taking a very practical and measurable approach, Maverick Health teaches people with no prior medical knowledge how to effectively and efficiently manage their own health and health care. The cornerstone of its approach is outlined in the award winning book, A Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Smart Health Choices.
About Carla Mills, ARNP
Carla Mills, ARNP, is a uniquely qualified healthcare professional whose expertise combines the practice of medicine (treating the disease) with the practice of nursing (treating patients' response to the disease), providing her with a broad and deep perspective on wellness. In addition, she is attuned to the impact that wellness and illness have on workplace productivity and the role that prevention plays in reducing associated costs. As a trained actress with a degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Carla is a dynamic speaker who can offer insights on a variety of healthcare topics that address the role that wellness and illness play on both a personal and professional level. Carla is a licensed and accredited Nurse Practitioner who has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years. She began her career as an ER/trauma nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Florida and has practiced in critical care (ICUs and recovery rooms), in home health care, and in rehabilitation facilities. In 1995, she earned her graduate degree and became licensed and board certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Family Practice. She is currently in private practice in Naples, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.maverickhealth.com, or e-mail info(at)maverickhealth.com. You can also visit Ms. Mills' blog at http://www.maverickhealth.com/blog.