A Unique Student Loan Repayment Opportunity for Faith-Minded NPs

Have you ever considered medical missions? Whether internationally, or here on the home front, if you are a faith-minded nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to couple your practice with spiritual motivation. There are a number of missions organizations and faith-based health clinics serving populations in need worldwide, the U.S. included. These organizations are in need of healthcare providers committed to their mission to help care for these patients. 

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Overcoming Nurse Practitioner Job Search Rejection

One of the most frustrating parts of a nurse practitioner job search is hearing the word 'No'. Personally, you know you can get the job done. While you may not have the experience required for an advertised opportunity, you have no doubt in your ability to get up to speed quickly. Despite your attempts, your fail to convince your interviewer of the same. Rejection in your nurse practitioner job search can quickly lead to dejection, a sure sign you won't perform at your best in future interview attempts. How do you deal with job search rejection?

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Clinical Pearls for Ear Foreign Body Removal

When I began working in the emergency department, I was surprised the first time I encountered a patient presenting with a case of insect-in-the-ear. Really? It just crawled in there?! Then, the scenario played itself out over and over again. Whether it's an exploring insect, a bead, or a pea that makes its way into a patient's ear canal, as a nurse practitioner you may find yourself removing otic foreign bodies from time to time. While the procedure is usually quite simple, if done improperly serious complications can result. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 4.29.16

Yay for Friday! I can't tell you how excited I am about this weekend. The sun is out, the temperature is perfect, my lawn is freshly mowed, and this outdoor-loving girl is happy. It's County Music Marathon weekend here in Nashville, TN. This year rather than running the race myself, I will be standing street side cheering on friends, mimosa in hand. It doesn't get better than (almost) summer weather and hometown weekend events. Looking for something to get you through to the weekend? Check out this week's medical news on the lighter side. 

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What's it Like Speaking for Pharma as a Nurse Practitioner?

Back in my primary care days, which also coincided with my penny-pinching new gad period of life, I was wowed by the pharmaceutical industry. Drug reps provided the clinic where I worked with an endless array of snacks and daily lunches. I was invited to talks, which I frequently attended, at trendy restaurants. While these talks were certainly delivered with an agenda in mind, I quite enjoyed them - and not just for the free filet mignon. 

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