Welcome to the HeadFirst PNP blog

Hi, my name is Vickie and I am a PNP working in pediatric headache/pain medicine for the past 10+ years.  I’ve been a nurse for 37 years and a PNP for 21 years, so I have plenty of experience under my belt.  I’ve started this blog to share some information and insights I have gained over the years, with other providers and colleagues.

Headaches are one of the most common reasons that patients visit their pediatricians. There is a lot of information out there about headaches, most of it geared to adults.  I looked around the blogosphere and only found blogs about headaches/migraines by people who suffer with headaches, particularly migraineurs.  While many of these blogs are interesting, none really looked at the headache world from a provider’s perspective.  So I decided to create my own information stream, sharing helpful guidelines and strategies, up and coming research initiatives, and personal insights.

Headaches in children and teens are different from those in adults. There are many reasons why, such as genetics, biological, psychological and sociological factors, school and environmental factors.  What I do know is that headaches are a source of frequent school absence, family disruption and unnecessary pain.  By sharing my thoughts and ideas, I hope to improve the lives of both our patients/families and those who so diligently care for them.

Join me for a ride on the headache rollercoaster!