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Do You Give Your Family and Friends Medical Advice?

My father is a physician, so I was used to family and friends constantly calling our home asking a health question or two. As a kid, I enjoyed the benefits of having a parent in healthcare. I rarely went to my pediatrician, and rather was diagnosed with a viral illness here and there from the comfort of our living room sofa. Over the counter medications along with a prescription or two, were stockpiled in our cabinets. I was even taken in the back entrance of the hospital for an off-the-record X-ray or two after sports related injuries. 

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How Much Time Are You Wasting on Your Phone at Work?

Let’s face it. How many of us can openly admit that when we grab our phones in the morning to check our work emails, we find ourselves mindlessly checking our Facebook notifications instead? And raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in sheer panic mode because your phone is nowhere to be found? Whether you want to admit it or not, we are all addicted to our phones and it's had a resounding affect on our productivity in the workplace. 

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Should You Ditch Your Full-Time NP Job for Freelancing?

In my first years as a nurse practitioner I worked more than full-time. I picked up extra shifts and took on PRN positions in addition to a full-time job. I busted my booty to save money to buy a house, a much needed vehicle upgrade, and overall establish myself as a working adult in a successful career. Then, in 2012, I founded MidlevelU which became my side-gig. Five years later and counting, the day-in and day-out operations of MidlevelU have become a more than full-time commitment and I have adjusted my schedule working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department accordingly. I maintain PRN positions with a few local hospitals and work seeing patients one or two days a week. 

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How Much Will it Cost You to Add a DNP Degree?

Are you ready to jump on the DNP bandwagon? Since the introduction of the doctorate level degree for nurse practitioners, more and more NPs are choosing to take their education to the highest level. This leaves many of us who became nurse practitioners in the days when only a master's degree was offered feeling the pull to further our education as well. One of the first questions MSN-prepared NPs naturally ask is "How much will a post-master's DNP degree cost?". 

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6 Key Features of a Professional Email

I often receive emails from other nurse practitioners, or am forwarded communication from NPs, that is, well, less than professional. Whether the tone of the email leaves something to be desired, or the content is of a matter best discussed in person, there are some professional norms to follow with work-related communication. Not to mention, grammar and writing standards apply. So, what do you need to keep in mind as you correspond as a nurse practitioner working in a professional setting?

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How Nurse Practitioners Can Help in a Disaster

By Guest Contributor Leondria Taty, MSN, FNP-C

September is National Preparedness Month. For 2017, the theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can”. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, this message couldn’t resonate more. There are many available resources related to the development of a personal emergency plan and emergency kit – so if you haven’t prepared one for you or your loved ones, it’s encouraged that you do. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is a great place to start.

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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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What’s the Difference Between NP and PA Certification Exams?

I work with a number of physician assistants in the emergency department. We function in the same capacity, our employer not making a nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant distinction. Although our work looks the same, I have noticed a few differences between myself, an NP, and my PA colleagues. From time to time, for example, the physician assistants I work with take time off to attend board review conferences and study for recertification. As an NP, however, I am not required to take a test to re-certify. In what ways do NP and PA certification differ?

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5 Really Dumb Things for NPs to Put in an Email

I love email. The convenience of written correspondence cannot be overstated. I'm able to communicate with anyone, anytime and anywhere. When something comes up, I simply make my point in writing, fire off the message, and get said issue, concern, or item off my mind. As a millennial, I far prefer to communicate over email than by phone. I'm better with words and the internet than conversation in person. Despite it's efficiencies, however, there are just some times when nurse practitioners should avoid hitting the 'send' button. 

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A Back to School Scrubs Giveaway!

Going back to school always feels a lot like the New Year: it’s a chance to hit the reset button, to take all that you’ve learned and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to make this your most amazing year yet!

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Registration is Open! Emergencies in Primary Care CE Conference

Your ticket to MidlevelU's continuing education conference for NPs & PAs

We are so, so, so excited here at MidlevelU HQ today. Yes, it is Friday. But that's not the reason. Rather, we've officially opened registration to our first ever, live continuing education conference. Yes, that's right, this coming March you can connect with MidlevelU in-person, not to mention master helpful content about acute and emergent problems nurse practitioners and physician assistants encounter in the primary care and outpatient settings. 

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Employee vs. Contractor - What's the Difference for NPs?

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP®

There are many things to consider when deciding on a new nurse practitioner job-location, work culture, and schedule requirements, for starters. And another important consideration for most all of us is-money! When it comes to money, understanding the difference between being a nurse practitioner paid as an employee versus an independent contractor (IC) is critical.

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