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Dansko Scrub Giveaway!

Nurses know and love Dansko for their comfy clogs, but are you aware they make scrubs as well?  With quality and style in mind, Dankso has developed a fabulous line of scrubs.  I had the chance to road test Dansko's Greta Scrub Top and Gina Scrub Pants and was thrilled with my trial run.  From suturing lacerations to reducing a dislocated finger, my scrubs and I did it all in the ER yesterday.  My conclusion- you must own a pair of your own!

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Concussion in Youth Sports: Is Playing Football Safe for Kids?

The air is crisp, shopping malls are well stocked with sweaters and boots and the leaves are beginning to drift away.  Yes, Fall and football season are here.  So stock your pantry with chips and salsa, plaster your fridge with the numbers for local pizza delivery, tune in to ESPN and sign your kids up for youth football?  With the recent news surrounding brain disease among former NFL players, what do we as nurse practitioners need to advise our young patients about the dangers of playing football?

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What is Concierge Medicine?

I recently (maybe a bit later than some) heard of an emerging medical phenomenon; concierge medicine.  In an attempt to reinstate the personalized doctor-patient relationship, physicians are breaking away from the traditional medical model.  Why? Maybe nurse practitioners can do the same?

What is Concierge Medicine?

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National Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam: What is the Best Way to Study?

Even if you have some time before you graduate from your nurse practitioner program, the national certification exam has probably crossed your mind. How should you study?  What is the most sure method of passing the exam?  Having taken the exam myself, I have experienced how anxiety-provoking the national certification experience can be.  Your ability to practice as an NP rides on your results therefore it is essential to prepare adequately, but how do you start?

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We Remember

With a solemnness I have not reserved for any of my other posts, today I would like to remember September 11, 2001.  As I listened to the names this morning of those we lost eleven years ago, this day stood vidid in my memory.  Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such a horrific tragedy on American soil and I hope never again.  I would especially like to remember today our fellow nurses who were involved in organizing an effort for aiding the wounded during this fateful day.  

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The DNP Transition: Commonly Asked Questions

You have likely heard that educators and nursing organizations are pushing for legislation requiring a doctorate degree to practice as a nurse practitioner.  Readers frequently ask me about the DNP; both current nurse practitioners and NP students want to know when the DNP transition will take place and how they will be affected.  Although the path to rolling out the Doctor of Nursing Practice requirement for nurse practitioners is not yet clear, we can make some assumptions.  In this post, I will address the most common questions I receive. 

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Nursing Shoes: Our Top 5 Picks

Nurse practitioners work hard.  We are on our feet, seeing patients at a rapid pace and in general just busy.  So how do we keep our feet fresh and our backs from aching?  From personal experience, a good shoe makes all the difference.  Which shoes do I like best for a long day at the hospital?

 

 

 

 

1. Dansko ($119)

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September is... National Pediculosis Prevention Month

Yes, that's right, there is an entire month dedicated to the louse.  My guess is the lice prevention movement was started by a group of first grade teachers.  Now that school is back in session, what do you need to tell your pediatric patients and their families about the dreaded pediculi?

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When Do Patients Presenting With Animal Bites Need a Rabies Vaccination?

My husband and I recently had dinner with some good friends.  Over pizza and beer, our friend Drew comically related to us a story about how he was "attacked" by a stray dog while out for a jog one morning.  He then asked for some medical advice "Do I need a rabies shot?" he asked me.  After making several jokes about The Office episode where Michael Scott carbo loads on fettuccine alfredo and then runs a 5k race advocating rabies awareness, I asked "are

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Our 5 Favorite Brands of Scrubs

The traditional uniform for all medical personel, scrubs can be straight up boring.  If you do wear scrubs, whether out of an employer requirement or for the convenience of something cheap and easy to wash, where do you find scrubs that don't make you look like you are wearing a ceil blue paper bag?  We have scoured the int

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How Should NP's Address Weight With Children?

As a nurse practitioner, there are times you really should tell a parent their child is fat.  I am in favor of being upfront and honest, but beginning a routine child physical by calling a kid "fat" doesn't usually lead to open discussion with parents.

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