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Book Club: Spark- The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

It sounds cliche, but if there's one thing I have realized in my 5 years of practice as a nurse practitioner, it's the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.  The difference in health, both physical and emotional, between my patients who live fit lifestyles and those who don't is astounding.  

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Book Club: I Am Malala

I have a confession to make.  I didn't finish this month's book club book.  Actually, I initially announced I Am Malala would be the read for last month's MidlevelU book club but I was still trying to work my way through the story.  While I haven't quite finished I Am Malala, I figured I should go ahead and post my premature review for those of you who follow along with the book club and noticed my slip up.  Oops!

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Book Club: Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

If you read the MidlevelU December Newsletter, you were probably anticipating the book review this month to feature I Am Malala.  Early in December, I imagined I would pick up I Am Malala while sitting by the fire with a cup of cocoa over Christmas break.  I had the book downloaded onto my Kindle and ready to go.  But then, reality set in and I found myself making trips to Target, playing with my nephew and chatting up my in-laws.  My vacation days passed me by book unopened.

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Book Club: Brain on Fire

Yes, I know, it hasn't been nearly a month since I posted the previous book club review.  The problem is that this month's read was so good I finished it in two sittings.  If you haven't picked up a copy of Brain on Fire My Month of Madness yet, I suggest you do so immediately.

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Book Club: In Stitches

Can I just say I am loving the MidlevelU Book Club?  It has given me an incentive to add some medical and career related reading to my repertoire and I have discovered some excellent reads.  Most of all, I appreciate authors who can look outside themselves and their profession pointing out the humor in everyday life.  With his book In Stitches, Dr. Anthony Youn does just that. 

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Book Club: Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

Globalization is all around us.  These days, when you travel from places like China to India to the Amazon, you expect to see a few McDonald's restaurants.  Whatever your destination, a bit of English is likely be spoken and your American apparel not too strange to foreign eyes.  Language, fashion and food inevitably spread across the globe, but what about mental illness?

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Book Club: The House of God

Do you ever get disillusioned with medicine?  Maybe you became a nurse practitioner to help the chronically ill only to find they aren't willing to make the necessary life changes.  Or, maybe you became a physician assistant to help the acutely sick in the emergency department only to find the ED filled with drug seekers.  If so The House of God is for you.

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Lean In- a Must Read for Practicing and Prospective NP's

Have you read Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In yet?  I first heard of Sandburg's revolutionary read through my book club girlfriends.  While the book was voted off our book club "To Read" list (too serious for our week night out standards), I decided to pick up a copy of Lean In to see what all the fuss was about.

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Summer Reads for NP's

The best decision I have made so far this summer, and probably even this year, was to start a book club.  Once a month, about 12 friends and I gather at a member's house, munch on hours d' oeuvres, sip on a glass (or two) of wine and share our opinions about the latest read.  

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On My Nightstand

I haven't published a book review in a while.  Not because I haven't been reading, but rather I have been half-reading a number of books.  So, in leiu of the traditional full-on book review, I bring you a half-book review of the publications I am currently working my way through.  Here's what's on my nightstand.

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Book Review: Eat to Live

Daily exposure to illness and chronic disease through my work makes me terrified of developing serious medical problems.  You might think that as a nurse practitioner I would have faith in modern medications to adjust my blood pressure should it spike in the future or lower my blood glucose in the case that I develop diabetes.  I do not.  Rather, I take every patient I meet suffering from these problems as a warning sign...prevention is key.

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'Unaccountable' What Hospitals Won't Tell You

My husband works in the health insurance industry helping companies and individuals reduce the cost of their health care.  His money-saving views on medicine create a great balance for me, a nurse practitioner immersed in the medical system and paid based on productivity.  To provide me some insight into his points of view, he has recommended a few books for me to read.  Recently, I completed 'Unaccountable' What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care by Dr. Marty Makary.

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