One of my favorite procedures to perform in the emergency department is subungual hematoma decompression. The procedure is quick, easy, nearly painless for the patient, and provides instant relief. Not to mention, using a cautery tool is just plain fun. While draining a subungual hematoma is simple, there are complications and considerations nurse practitioners must take into account with the procedure.
Earlier this week, on #TalkToMeTuesday to be exact, I met online in a virtual conference room with several nurse practitioners and NP students to chat about MidlevelU's new post-graduate training program for nurse practitioners, Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). Despite a few initial technical difficulties (gotta love technology!), we reviewed key components of participation in MMU.
I receive a lot of questions about nurse practitioner program applications. From deciding how many applications to submit to drafting a personal statement, the NP program application process can be quite overwhelming. Another concern among many applicants is that nurse practitioner programs seem to be quite competitive. While many universities are home to selective nurse practitioner programs, they may not be quite as difficult to get into as it appears looking at their stats.
Yeah, yeah, first year family nurse practitioners who have landed six-figure salary jobs immediately after graduation do exist. Barely. The majority of FNPs, however, earn less than the $100K mark. Salaries for nurse practitioners are on the rise, but extra effort is required for FNPs looking to cross the coveted six-figure salary echelon. If you are a family nurse practitioner, honing the following skills just might get you a significant salary bump.