What NPs Need to Know Before Agreeing to License Restrictions

If you've been notified of pending disciplinary action against you as a nurse practitioner, agreeing to a simple restriction on your license rather than a more formal disciplinary hearing may seem like the obvious best choice to diffuse the situation. Perhaps the Board of Nursing puts an agreement on the table that allows you to practice provided that your charts are simply reviewed by a physician. Not too shabby given the alternative, right? 

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Answering Your Patient's Questions About Listeria

Blue Bell ice cream's massive recall of all of its products from store shelves has everyone talking food safety this week. Living in the South, Blue Bell makes a frequent appearance in my personal freezer so the recall hits close to home. Friends, family, and my patients are asking what they need to know about these products potentially contaminated with Listeria.

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7 Tips for Staying Married When You Work the Night Shift

Pulling all-nighters, at work anyway, isn't really the key to a solid relationship with your spouse. As night shifters know, constantly resetting your body's clock is more likely to leave you exhausted and grumpy than in the mood for a quality conversation. Not to mention, working odd hours can really jam up your schedule having you and your spouse coming and going at totally different hours. 

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How Scope of Practice Laws Affect Your Nurse Practitioner Job Search

There are some interesting trends in the nurse practitioner job market across the country. Some of these trends are to be expected, while reasons behind others don't appear as obvious. Among the more easily identified, cities with few NP programs are generally in greater need of providers. On the other hand, locations like Nashville, TN, home to multiple nurse practitioner programs, are saturated with new grads making jobs hard to come by. One effect on the job market for nurse practitioners that can be difficult to pinpoint is scope of practice laws. 

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How My Medical Mission Trip Got Me Into the NP Mindset

By MidelvelU Contributor and Upcoming NP Student Shabnam Sabur

Recently I have been working on my "Before I Turn 30" bucketlist. In February, I was given the opportunity to check off one of the items-volunteering for a medical mission trip. I, along with about 130 other medical professionals and other helpers, traveled to Honduras with the International Health Service of Minnesota (don't let the name fool you, the organization accepts volunteers from across the country).

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