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MidlevelU creator, Erin Tolbert, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in an emergency department in Nashville, TN. Happy with her personal career choices, she founded MidlevelU to share her life and love of the NP profession with prospective and practicing nurse practitioners and the healthcare community as a whole. Through MidlevelU, she aspires to build a thriving online forum to support nurse practitioners from the beginning of their education throughout the ups and downs of the NP career. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, MidlevelU's residency-like program for nurse practitioners helps facilitate the transition from education to practice for new graduate NPs.
When she's not in the emergency department treating patients at all hours of the night or blogging, Erin enjoys running, biking, lounging on the beach in Aruba, taking advantage of Nashville's live music scene, frequenting her favorite neighborhood sushi joint, and hanging out with her husband and two unruly but adorable pups, Molly and Riley.
Meet the MidlevelU Team
Ashley Prince is a MidlevelU veteran and has been sharing her journey to become a nurse practitioner with readers for nearly two years. She graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Buckeye's!) with a B.S. in neuroscience and is currently pursing a BSN through Baldwin Wallace University's accelerated nursing program. When she's not hitting the books, Ashley enjoys watching Friends reruns (we're still jealous of Rachel's hair, too), running and travel. Her journeys have so far taken her to 16 states, 4 countries, and counting! The Cleveland native plans to work as an RN in cardiology before continuing on to pursue a nurse practitioner career.
A warm welcome to MidlevelU's newest and only PA-focused intern, Meghan Kayan. Meghan is an aspiring physician assistant at the University of Connecticut majoring in Allied Health. And, she's got pipes. Meghan has been singing for nearly all her life and is the assistant music director for UConn a Cappella group, The Rolling Tones. Her favorite possession is her Nikon D90 camera as she is also a photography fiend.
Accelerated BSN student Justine Fischer's professional passions lie in maternal and child health. In fact, she is training to become a certified doula in conjunction with her nursing degree (where does she find the time?!). When she's not hitting the books, Justine enjoys traveling and has studied abroad in South Africa where she also sprung at the opportunity to participate in the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Stateside, you can find Justine at the gym lifting weights, or in her kitchen - she enjoys exploring healthy eating options.
MidlevelU in the Media
MidlevelU receives regular national media attention on outlets like the Fox News Channel and CNN. Erin frequently appears as a medical expert discussing everything from the pitfalls of trendy crash diets to the risks and benefits of the measles vaccine and breaking health news like the Ebola virus outbreak. If you missed Erin's recent news stories, stay up to date by visiting the MidlevelU YouTube channel or FoxNews.com where Erin's top appearances are posted.
Why the Name MidlevelU?
If you are not yet a nurse practitioner, you may not even know that nurse practitioners and physician assistants are often referred to as “midlevel providers.” Some NPs say they find the word “midlevel” to be degrading. They interpret it to mean NPs and PAs do mediocre work. Here at MidlevelU, we believe there is nothing degrading about the term at all, and choose not to interpret it that way. Instead, we find it completely appropriate for the following reasons:
- In the hospital or clinic setting when a patient more complicated than the nurse practitioner feels comfortable handling comes in, the NP asks a physician for help, or the patient is referred to a physician or another NP with more specialized training. That said, a nurse practitioner functions differently than a nurse. In other words, when it comes to acuity of work, NPs fall in the middle between the nurse's level and the physician's.
- Personally, Erin planned to attend medical school to become a doctor, but considering the length of time in school and the cost, ended up deciding it was not for her. That said, she wanted more autonomy than a nurse. She chose something in the middle.
The vast majority of nurse practitioners we know who work in the field view the term "midlevel" the same way that we do. When it comes to the quality of care NPs deliver, we believe they deliver an incredibly high level of care- within the scope of care that they have chosen to specialize in, which is that of a nurse practitioner. We do not intend for the term “midlevel” to refer to the standard of care NPs deliver.
We should embrace the term as reflecting the schooling NP's chose to pursue (more than a nurse, less than a doctor), and their role in a clinical environment when it comes to dealing with varying levels of acuity (more than a nurse, less than a doctor). These things are factual. And, if we go ahead and own the term ourselves and embrace it, then we can define what it means and move on.
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Speaking and Consulting
Looking for a speaker for your next healthcare event? Erin is available for a limited number of speaking engagements and/or training sessions for audiences looking to improve recruitment, retention, and integration of nurse practitioners into medical practices. She is also available to speak to healthcare providers on various professional development topics. Erin brings a unique perspective to her content as she remains an actively practicing NP while also working heavily with healthcare facilities and MidlevelU's audience or advanced practice providers. To book Erin for your next event or training session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have something to say about healthcare or the NP or PA education and profession? Let your voice be heard by submitting a well-written guest article to email@example.com. Submissions will be reviewed and considered for publication on the MidlevelU blog.
Erin is a nurse practitioner but she is not your nurse practitioner. Please see a qualified medical provider if you need medical attention. This website should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical provider. The information provided on this site is intended for the purpose of professional interest, not to provide medical advice. All information posted on this site is linked back to it's original source. Finally, we do not write about actual patients on this site. All patient encounters presented are fictional in order to comply with HIPAA regulations and maintain patient confidentiality.
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