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Do Redheads Really Require More Lidocaine?

So, is it fact or fiction? Are redheads really more resistant to anesthetic compared to the rest of the population? In a recent suturing and office procedures training session I attended, the speaker mentioned that redheads may require a greater amount of subcutaneous lidocaine for these procedures than other patients. Curious as to the veracity of this claim, I decided to do a little research. 

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6 Healthcare Halloween Costume Ideas for NPs

Spooked about what you'll wear this October 31st? Choosing a Halloween costume can be somewhat of a stressful chore, especially for busy nurse practitioners. But if you received an invitation to a fun party after-hours or your practice has decided collectively to dress up on the day of, you definitely don’t want to be the odd-NP out. Showing up for a Halloween party without a costume can get awkward, fast. If you’re fresh out of ideas and need a creative outfit ASAP, check out these six costume ideas for nurse practitioners.

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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Why I Started a Nurse Practitioner Residency

As a new nurse practitioner, I faced a number of challenges after graduation. One was furthering my learning. My days in the clinic were packed and while I was able to get patient care questions answered for the most part, there was little time to adequately internalize and understand this new clinical knowledge in a way I could retain. Not to mention, when I arrived home in the evenings exhausted, reading research articles and studying up on my own were out of the question. My mind by that point in the day was pretty much mush. 

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Pretty in Pink: Scrub Tops for Breast Cancer Awareness

Could your scrub game use some variety? October is the perfect time to have a little fun with work wear if you're a nurse practitioner. Not only is it time to pull out those fall and winter scrub picks you've got stashed away in the back of your closet, it's an excuse to add some pizazz to everyday duds. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, go pink to support the cause. Whether you're into solids and basics, making a statement, or all-over graphics, we've selected our scrub top awareness faves for NPs. 

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4 Pink Stethoscopes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking around, there's a lot of orange and black on display for Halloween, but another color is also making an appearance - pink! Yes, it's that time of year again; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only can you as a nurse practitioner support the cause by attending an community event like a 5K for the cure, you can raise awareness in your practice. 

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How Likely are You to Pass the WHNP Certification Exam?

Naturally, if you're a women's health nurse practitioner student nearing the end of your education, you've got the national certification exam on your mind. Between coursework and clinicals, you may not have had much time to devote to studying for this all important test quite yet, but its reality looms. Adding to the pressure you feel is the fact that you can't start working in your new profession until you conquer this challenge. So, just what is the likelihood you'll pass the WHNP certification exam?

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Retirement Planning for Nurse Practitioners - At My Age?!

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP

For many of us, traditional retirement can seem like a lifetime away. In fact, if you’re 30 and plan to retire when you reach the standard 65-year mark, retirement is greater than a lifetime away! What’s more, many of you may genuinely enjoy your career and have no plans to ever fully retire. In either case, why bother thinking about retirement? Two reasons: time and freedom.

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What Should NPs Expect in a Performance Review?

Does your employer conduct regularly scheduled performance reviews? Whether you're a nurse practitioner with a meeting on the books to discuss your conduct or you're faced with an impromptu assessment of your latest achievements, a performance review can be downright nerve wracking. Knowing what to expect in such a meeting and coming prepared can help you approach the review with confidence and ease anxiety. Here's what nurse practitioners can expect when a boss requests a meet-up. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Apply for MidlevelU's NP Residency

What will you do when you graduate from your nurse practitioner program? If you've already graduated, have you taken the leap into your next career step, finding a job? Completing NP school is a time of excitement and promise but also one of anxiety and chaos. What next steps do you need to take to get licensed? Do you have the clinical skills required to succeed? As a new nurse practitioner, I had many of the same thoughts. And, well, I struggled in my first job out of school which was the motivation behind starting Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). 

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Secrets to Choosing an NP Job You Won't Get Tired Of

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the reaction is often something along the lines of "I bet that's exciting!". While I do love my job, the truth is that working even in the emergency setting does lend itself to a routine. The novelty of the ED wears off, there is a pattern even to the kinds of emergencies an NP can expect to encounter in the department. Nurse practitioners enjoy careers packed with variety and opportunity, but like other professionals are subject to the "more of the same" mentality. So, how do you choose a job you won't get tired of?

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Is it Quality v. Quantity: What Should I Expect in a NP Contract?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

“Is it usual for my contract to be this short?”, “Are employment agreements normally this long?” I receive these types of questions often from nurse practitioners who are presented with an employment agreement. My answer, “It is the quality, not the quantity, of the agreement that matters.” Sometimes a short and sweet agreement is all that is needed. 

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