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Don't Miss Our First Ever Continuing Education Conference for NPs!

Hello there! How's your weekend going? I've decided I just can't wait any longer to reveal our next project here at MidlevelU. So, I am taking advantage of this rainy Sunday afternoon lounging on my couch with my laptop to share a few details. As a nurse practitioner, I love attending continuing education conferences. Not only are they a solid excuse for a getaway, conferences give us the chance to further our skills as NPs, help us to connect with others in our profession, and renew our career energy. Given my CE love, at MidlevelU we've decided to provide our very own continuing education experience here in Nashville, TN! 

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Are Pharmaceutical Companies Targeting Kids?

As nurse practitioners, we're far too familiar with the influence that drug companies have on our patients. Asking for medications by name, patients often come to us knowing exactly what they want. They are influenced by friends, family, or marketing campaigns. While marketing efforts by pharmaceutical companies aren't inherently a bad thing, drugs help billions of people, the tactics of these companies have been called into question. Recently, the issue has taken on new light given it's effect on increasingly younger populations. 

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Rediscover Your Reason for Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

I talked with a hospital administrator recently who honed in on something that I think goes largely ignored in the healthcare community. As nurse practitioners, we may not be burnt out, but we do grow frustrated and disillusioned by the challenges we face in our jobs. Our patients can be non-compliant, meaning our time and effort seems to be in vain. We may work with 'difficult' patients - drug seekers, confrontational attitudes etc. Facing these aspects of working in healthcare is enough to leave us critical of our career circumstances. 

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Newsflash! Demand for Nurse Practitioners Higher than Physicians

...Some physicians, anyway

This week, Forbes reported that demand for nurse practitioners is higher than the demand for most physician specialties. Only family physicians, psychiatrists and internists are more highly sought after than NPs in today's job market. Demand for nurse practitioners was higher than that of 15 other physician specialties. Why the changing employment tide?

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An NP's 5 Rules for Being Friends with Coworkers

The emergency department where I work has a very collegial environment. Physicians, NPs and nurses spend time socially with one another., One friend/coworker group, for example, vacationed together at the Hangout Fest music festival in Alabama earlier this year. A Kentucky Derby viewing party is an annual event held in one MD’s home and all ED staff are invited to attend. Yet another group of workplace friends organizes regular lunch meet-ups with an open invitation. While socialization between coworkers is generally positive, I often wonder if the nature of our workplace social structure has the potential to lead to professional pitfalls.

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AAFP Objects to Subspecialty Nurse Practitioner Referrals, Thoughts?

As nurse practitioners, we're all well aware that there can be tension between NPs and MDs, particularly when it comes to organizations representing these professions. While nurse practitioners and physicians typically get along well in the workplace, a war wages behind the scenes as to the rights and privileges NPs should be granted. Physicians fight to keep a superior stake in the ground and maintain a hierarchy in medicine. A recent op-ed, I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?, posted on the American Academy of Family Physicians website takes an angle in the argument against nurse practitioners that I hadn't previously considered.

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Don't Miss These Important Deadlines for NHSC Loan Repayment

Chances are that as a Nurse Practitioner, you’ve probably heard of the National Health Service Corps’ Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP), which awards licensed healthcare professionals up to $50,000 to use towards student loans. In exchange, providers commit two years to treating underserved patients in a health professional shortage area. 

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Father's Day Gifts for the Nurse Practitioner Dad

Another Father’s Day is upon us and unlike mom’s, who are usually content with a little pampering or spending quality time with family on Mother’s Day, finding the perfect gift for dad can be a bit more difficult. Of course, a handmade gift from the kids is always appreciated and cherished by any parent, but perhaps you are the wife or an adult child of an awesome dad who also happens to be a Nurse Practitioner.

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Beer's List- Medications You Shouldn't Give to Old People

Do you ever get stumped when it comes to prescribing medications for the elderly? Or, maybe you just don't know what you don't know concerning drugs and old people. It seems like some of the most common feedback my colleagues and I working in the emergency department receive from primary care providers relates to prescribing in the elderly population. 

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Enter to Win Our Nurses Week Giveaway!

This Nurses Week, you’ve hopefully received some kind of token of appreciation or recognition for all of the hard work that you do; be it a freebie, a personalized gift, or even just a simple “thank you” from a patient or colleague. Perhaps the extent of your celebration was treating yourself to a cookie from the break room, followed by a well-deserved glass of wine (or two) when you got home. We won’t judge how you celebrated, so long as you celebrated, because you deserve it! 

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Nurse Practitioners in Alabama: Practicing Their Rights

By Michael Rosen, ESQ, Co-Founder of ProviderTrust

Since it's National Nurses Week, we took a look at some obscure stories of how license verification can be a complicated process and stumbled upon this example from Alabama. A group of Alabama nurse practitioners sued the Alabama Nursing Board after the Board disciplined them due to some paperwork snafus. Although the nurses have taken action, for the time being, they still must disclose disciplinary action against their licenses on each application for employment.

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Nurses Week Gifts for the NP in Your Life

National Nurses Week is upon us and if you’re still scratching your head on how to show your appreciation for that special nurse in your life, the MidlevelU Team has got you covered. From personalized to practical, these gifts ideas are sure to reflect your recognition and be put to good use (no stereotypical key chains here).

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