Preview: Monica Richey, MSN, NP, on Differentiating Rheumatologic Conditions

In this video, Monica Richey, MSN, NP, provides an overview of the topics she is discussing at our Practical Updates in Primary Care 2021 Virtual Series on May 13, including the differences between rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus.

Monica Richey, MSN, NP, is an adult rheumatology nurse practitioner at Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. 

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Monica Richey: Hello, everyone, welcome. My name is Monica Richey. I'm a nurse practitioner, been working in rheumatology for the last 15 years. In our session, we're going to be going over some of the most common rheumatological diseases.

We're starting with rheumatoid arthritis. We're going to dig right in and see what rheumatoid arthritis is like, what are the most common presentations, and also to know what the extra‑articular manifestations are.

We're going to talk about how does this interfere with other diseases, and what is the most common progression of the disease? After that, we're going to go talk about psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

Again, we're going to talk about the presentation of both diseases that's so much of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. What is the difference? Does one lead to another? We're going to talk about how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis comes together with three other very common diseases, such as IBD and ankylosing spondylitis.

Again, we're going to highlight some of the extra‑articular manifestations. None of our diseases is just joint or just skin. There's a lot more to it than what we see.

Then we're going to end talking about one of my favorite ones, which is lupus. We're going to have a very in‑depth view of lupus, how we diagnosed the most common presentations and the rare presentations. We're going to also talk about the pulmonary manifestation.

In all of our diseases, and that's where partnership with the primary care comes very close, and it's very important, is cardiovascular manifestation in all of our diseases, particularly in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis, which is a common complication that is often overlook. We're going to go into depth about all the cardiac manifestations that goes along.

Time willing, we're going to go talk about our many rheumatic diseases medications that we have right now. We're going to talk about how they operated on each one, which one we can use for rheumatoid arthritis. Some of our medications cannot be used for lupus, so we're going to go over those as well.

We're going to end by reviewing the immunosuppressive therapy and how they affect our patients.

I would like to thank you for watching my presentation and being here with us today. Again, partnership with primary care is very important. Patients are happier and more compliant when we all work together. Again, thank you for being here today.