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The Nurse Practitioner Licensing Process in a Nutshell

I vividly recall sitting in a lecture hall in my nurse practitioner program in a plastic, too-small seat sandwiched between two classmates when I first heard of the NP licensing process. Suddenly, my personal space wasn't the only thing feeling cramped. The ins and outs of certification, applying for a license and a DEA number all in a specific order while simultaneously conducting a job search seemed overwhelming. 

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Spotted: Athleisure + Scrubs

Those who know me personally understand my preference for leisure wear. Forget business casual, I prefer a professional setting where yoga pants are allowed. Frankly, the ability to wear scrubs working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department is a major contributor to my job satisfaction. Scrubs are comfy, don't require dry cleaning, inexpensive, and have an expandable waistband. What more could one ask for?

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An Inside Look at Nurse Practitioner Residency Life

Our first Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class is well underway. If you haven't yet heard of MMU, you can think about the program similar to a residency for nurse practitioners. MMU matches less experienced NPs with facilities capable of supporting new grads in medically underserved areas across the country. As a group, MMU participants support each other throughout the ups and downs of new grad life, and join in opportunities to further clinical learning along the way. 

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How Many NPs and PAs Graduate Each Year?

It seems that everywhere I turn, I encounter an RN returning to school for a nurse practitioner degree. Working in the emergency department the other day, I heard from more than one nurse out of the handful on my shift that they were planning to return for a master’s degree. The same holds true for PAs. The paramedics in the emergency department where I work seem to be applying to physician assistant programs in greater numbers. This prompted me to wonder, just how many NP and PA students enter the job market each year?

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Do You Get Admin Time as a Nurse Practitioner?

I recently talked with a group of primary care nurse practitioners who expressed frustration about the amount of time they spend on work after the clinic doors close for the day. Working as a nurse practitioner means a lot more than interacting directly with patients. It means, well paperwork. From reviewing lab results to completing prior authorizations for medications, the behind the scenes activities of healthcare providers consume a lot of time. The NPs I talked with find themselves spending up to two hours every evening working on such tasks outside of normal hours

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3 Stats that Show NPs are Changing the Primary Care Workforce

I got off on a tangent somehow this morning. In the midst of preparing for a continuing education presentation, my Googling got off track and click, click, click, I landed on an article totally off the topic of ‘prescribing considerations in primary care’. The New England Journal of Medicine’s Rethinking the Primary Care Workforce - An Expanded Role for Nurses shared some compelling statistics about the future of healthcare delivery in our country. Since these stats were interesting enough to divert my attention this morning, I felt compelled to share them. 

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New Study Gives Props to NP and PA Professions

As a seasoned nurse practitioner, I'm pretty confident in my own abilities and in those of my NP and PA colleagues. Yes, there are some big educational differences between nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians, however in practice each of these types of professionals is highly effective in the clinical setting. Regardless, a constant friction between professional groups, particularly those for nurse practitioners and physicians, about the legitimacy of advanced practice professions wears on. 

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MMU Application Update: When to Apply to Our NP Residency

What are your post-graduation plans? If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant wrapping up your program in 2017, there's a lot to consider. Not only must you take your certification exam and apply for a license, you'll also need to find a job (of course!). Landing your first NP or PA position can be tricky. In some locations, employers are hesitant to hire new grads. Other facilities lack valuable support systems to onboard new providers as they continue to grow clinically. For these reasons, new NPs and PAs are increasingly turning to residencies. 

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Protect Your Practice with These 5 Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a beneficial tool for nurse practitioners; providing a way for NPs to not only connect and network with others from the medical community but to seek and gain support from friends, family and other peers after a long day of seeing patients. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the convenience of keeping up with friends and family with a quick scroll through your newsfeed during some well deserved downtime? While it may seem like all fun and games, posting the wrong thing on social media has the potential to seriously harm your career as a nurse practitioner.

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A Pharmacist's Top Drug Resource Recommendations for NPs & PAs

This week, nurse practitioners in our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved class sat in on a presentation from pharmacist Dr. Jon Pouliot about medication interactions in the primary care setting. With so many of our patients taking multiple medications, it can be tough as NPs and PAs to keep track of interaction considerations, as well as drug side effects and dosages. So, helpfully, Dr. Pouliot ended the presentation by suggesting a few practical resources nurse practitioners and physician assistants can use for prescribing. 

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Medical Translation App Essentials for Nurse Practitioners

Do you encounter language barriers in your work as a nurse practitioner? As NPs, we care for patients of diverse backgrounds. To get to the root of the problem, it's most helpful to communicate in the patient's native language. When this doesn't occur, valuable information can be lost. Not to mention, federal law requires that healthcare facilities that receive federal funding offer language services to patients who need them. 

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How to Present a Patient to Your Preceptor with Style

Oh the dread! If you're a nurse practitioner student going through a tough round of clinicals, one cause of your education-related anxiety is likely presenting patients to your preceptor. Summing up a patient in a brief on-the-fly presentation is tricky. Although you've written plenty of SOAP notes, nurse practitioner students often struggle with communicating this kind of information verbally. So, how do you neatly package your next patient encounter and deliver the message in a svelte manner? 

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