Are Healthcare Providers Legally Obligated to Treat Ebola Patients?

Ebola has been a hot topic at the ER nurse's station lately. In the wee morning hours when the department slows down, we speculate as to our actions should a patient with Ebola arrive in our waiting room. Who would care for the patient? Some have declared they will walk off the job and never look back. Others are embracing Ebola preparation by practicing donning and doffing hazmat suits. Most staff support a system where providers without children or families 'go in' first. What would you do?

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A Firsthand Account of the CRNA Application Process

Applying to graduate school can be a stressful process, especially if applying to schools as competitive as those offering CRNA programs. A little background on what goes into applying can help give you an edge. To get some insight into the CRNA program application process, we talked to one nurse who has (successfully!) applied to CRNA programs. Here's what Anna, CCU nurse and CRNA in progress, had to say about the experience. 

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A Glimpse Into Life as a CRNA Student

We talk a lot about nurse practitioners here at MidlevelU, but today we're branching out. Becoming a nurse practitioner isn't the right career path for every nurse aspiring to an advanced education. One option for nurses looking for something new is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) providing anesthetics to patients for surgeries and procedures. Could life as a CRNA be right for you?

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that are now flooding the Halloween market- poor taste if you ask me. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

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Not Your Mom's Compression Socks

I'm publishing this post at high risk of losing all fashion credibility. My cool points are definitely on the decline. I'm pretty sure my mom wears compression socks. My grandmother definitely wore them. While supportive hosiery is certainly not a fashion statement most of us want to make, as nurse practitioners on our feet sometimes we must sacrifice looking good for feeling good. 

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