Weekend Wrap Up 7.21.17

My typical Friday or Saturday post is an overview of the week's more interesting news stories. Whether they be about a novel healthcare gadget, the recounting of a medical miracle, or simply a must-know healthcare news report, I enjoy keeping up with the latest health happenings. Recently, however, work has been a little crazy and I just can't bring myself to read or listen to the news after a long day. So, today I'm mixing things up. 

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How to Actually Get Hired from a Nurse Practitioner Job Board

Searching for a nurse practitioner job might feel as though you’ve taken on a PRN position in addition to your current work; it can be that time consuming. Although many NPs rely on job boards to assist in their quest for a new opportunity, it’s been debated as to whether or not job boards are not a good way to get hired. The huge volume of applications that are received in response to one single posting can leave you to wonder, is getting hired from a posting off a job board even possible or does your resume just get sent into a black hole?

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The ABCs of Extremity X-Ray Interpretation for NPs

I've previously discussed the ABCDEFGHI's of chest X-ray interpretation, but today wanted to tackle a topic somewhat simpler. Fortunately for nurse practitioners, interpretation of orthopedic extremity X-rays involves fewer steps as there is generally not quite so much anatomy to consider compared with the trunk. While not all NPs interpret their own radiography, it's still essential to have a basic understanding of how the process works. What exactly should you be looking for when you interpret an extremity X-ray?

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6 Things to Know Before Taking a Job in Retail Health

I've worked as a nurse practitioner in retail health a few times during my years as an NP. I've held these positions in a PRN capacity for various reasons. First, with the purchase of my home I wanted to generate a little extra income to indulge in some (obviously necessary) decor. Later, I found myself bored on weekdays off from my ER job and decided extra work on the side would be a productive use of my time. Whatever your reasons for considering a career in retail health, the job has pros and cons. Here's what you need to know before accepting a nurse practitioner position in retail health. 

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8 High Profile Celebrity HIPAA Violations

Living and working Music City, Nashville, TN, I see celebs roaming around town from time to time. A few years ago I frequented the same spin class as Nicole Kidman. My sister-in-law helped Steven Tyler locate an item in the grocery store a few months ago. I unexpectedly shared an elevator with Taylor Swift in a friend's condo building. And, I once spotted Faith Hill in leopard print stilettos at the movie theater.

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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5 Ways Nurse Practitioners Can Cheer Up the Workday

Happy Monday! Going back to work after a summertime weekend can be tough. You're likely find yourself longing to be at the pool or enjoying the great outdoors rather than stuck in a windowless medical office or the hospital. Whether you love or loathe your current position as a nurse practitioner, bad days happen. A combination of stress, overwork and tough cases can leave even the most optimistic NP feeling less than enthused at the end of the day. 

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5 Resources for Billing and Coding Ignorant Nurse Practitioners

As nurse practitioners, we spend the majority of time in our education on clinical content. Treating medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are a focus. While clinical skills and know-how are essential to our careers, our education unfortunately neglects other aspects of the profession. Billing and coding is one such area. After all, it's these skills that ensure we're paid appropriately for the work that we do. 

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Are Resumes On The Way Out for Nurse Practitioners?

You're probably aware that as a nurse practitioner applying for a job, employers are looking at much more than your resume. This extends beyond the way you communicate on the phone or over email, and even goes further than a background check. Many employers are checking out prospective additions to their team on social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to understand what exactly to expect if they bring you on board. Not only that, some employers are going so far as to use your online presence and additional screenings to decide if you deserve an interview. Will these practices make resumes are a moot point for professionals like NPs?

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Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress While Sitting at Your Desk

Unfortunately stress in the workplace is all too common for nurse practitioners, and some days it may even feel as though it’s part of your job description. When not combated, chronic stress can begin take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. Although long term strategies like daily exercise have proven to be highly effective in reducing stress, often times we face more immediate situations in our workday in which we need a quick and effective solution in dealing with mounting tension. Here are six ways to reduce stress while sitting at your desk.

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Poolside Summer Reads for Nurse Practitioners

There’s no better way to relax on a summer day than lounging poolside with an enticing book in hand (though a strong case could also be made for enjoying a scorching day inside with the AC on full blast). Nevertheless, a good book is always a great way to unwind and escape. If you’re a nurse practitioner who could use some summer reading material, check out these poolside summer reads for NPs.

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