Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Cardiology Round Up

The school year is right around the corner. Classrooms here in Tennessee will be full in a matter of just two weeks. Target and Walmart are fully stocked with #2 pencils and fresh sheets of lined notebook paper. Despite the heat, kids are stocking up on jeans, boots, and jackets for fall. I have always loved the clean slate that comes with the 'Back to School' season. New outfits, notebooks, and the chance to press the reset button on life, are both refreshing and motivating. As an adult, there are far fewer occasions for such a feeling. 

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Pros and Cons of Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Programs

Recently, a MidlevelU reader posted a question on the message board inquiring about my experience in a nurse practitioner bridge program. She noted that, while I have several articles on the topic of programs for students without a background in healthcare, I hadn’t shared much about my personal experience. Guilty as charged. So, today I’ve decided to pull together my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated programs for NPs, based on my own experiences. 

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The Battle Heats Up Over NP Scope of Practice at the VA

It's no secret that the Veteran's Health Administration has taken some heat lately. In 2014, major problems within the organization's healthcare system were exposed, as United States Armed Forces vets died while waiting for care at a Phoenix, AZ facility. Criticism of healthcare facilities for veterans extended nationwide, leaving administrators scrambling for solutions to the widespread problem. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 7.22.16

Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has been busy, busy, busy, here in Nashville prepping for the upcoming Midlevels for the Medically Underserved Kickoff, as well as working in the emergency department. Temperatures here in Tennessee are topping out around the 100 degree mark these days, so seeking refuge indoors with my laptop is a welcome pastime. If you, too, are seeking some relief from the heat, crank up the AC and check out this week's more interesting medical news stories to get you through to the weekend. 

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Why I Chose Nurse Practitioner School Over Medical School

I always imagined I would go to medical school. A biology major, I was on the premed track throughout the majority of my undergrad college experience. As graduation neared, however, I began to question my career path. Was I really passionate enough about medicine to dedicate the next 10 years or so to my studies? Medical school, residency, and a possible fellowship seemed like a daunting commitment. I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look at the other options out there. 

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