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How to Study for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification is a new designation in the NP world (more on that here). In fact, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board will only begin offering the test this month. The new certification designation is surrounded by a lot of buzz as employers determine if the specialized certification will be required of nurse practitioners working in the emergency department. Understandably, NPs working in the ED are anxious about the possibility of taking another certification exam. 

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6 International CME Conferences for Spring 2017

It's about that time of year. Yes, I've got the winter travel itch. Dreary weather has me longing for spring although warm sunny days are still a few months away. Nothing takes the cold weather blues away like having an exciting trip to look forward to. And, nothing makes trip planning more enjoyable than knowing you won't have to fund the vacation on your own. So, why not put your employer-funded continuing medical education allowance to work and get an international vacay on the calendar?

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Live Nurse Practitioner Residency Q&A

Learn more about the new residency-like program for NPs

By now you've probably heard about MidlevelU's new residency-like program for nurse practitioners. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) facilitates a smooth transition from education to practice with the mission of serving communities in need of healthcare. Applying to MMU and other post-graduate programs is a big decision. So, on January 30th at Noon CST, we're hosting a live webinar to answer questions, address concerns, and generally share our enthusiasm for MMU. 

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5 Fierce Ways Millennials will Change the NP Profession

Did you grow up doing any of the following a. playing Oregon Trail on a desktop computer b. wearing Playskool roller skates velcroed over your Keds c. watching the TV hit Full House? If so, you might be a millennial. My husband and I always argue about which of us is a millennial (he is clearly too old to be considered). Most people, however, define the generation as those individuals born from the early 1980's through the mid 1990's. As this generation establishes itself further and further in the workforce, we can expect to see some changes in the coming years. 

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What Can Nurse Practitioners Learn from Martin Luther King Jr.?

I have to admit. I wasn't quite sure how to relate Martin Luther King Jr. day to the nurse practitioner profession. I explored the obvious connection, minorities in nursing, but the statistics I uncovered weren't particularly compelling and I was bored by the potential content of my post. Then, I uncovered a few quotes from the famous Martin Luther King Jr. which are some of the most thought provoking I have read.  

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Collaboration vs. Supervision: Understanding NP Scope of Practice

As a nurse practitioner, I would probably describe my relationships with the physicians with whom I work as collaboration. In most cases I see my own patients independently. The charts for these encounters are signed by a physician as required by state law. When I do have a question, the MDs I work with are happy to help. On the other hand, when a lower acuity patient walks through the door of the emergency department, I see the patient so physicians can focus on those of a higher acuity level. This structure represents teamwork, a collaborative and cooperative workplace environment. 

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CT Scans: When Do You Need Contrast?

Working in the emergency department as a nurse practitioner, I order CT scans in my evaluation of patients every day. When I was newer to my role, I had a lot of questions about diagnostic imaging, when it was indicated, and what test to order. One of these questions that came up frequently related to CT scans was "Do I need contrast?". If you're a nurse practitioner who struggles with the same question, check out the following guide to contrast and CT scans. 

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CRNAs Earn Over $200K in These States

If you're a CRNA looking for a place to call home, or an aspiring nurse anesthetist thinking through the logistics of you future career, salary is of course a consideration in determining where you will practice or if, in fact, you will go back to school for an advanced degree. Salaries for nurse anesthetists are as a whole significantly higher than those for other advanced practice specialties. They are so high that in some states, average CRNA salaries top the $200K mark. 

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X-Ray vs. CT vs. MRI: What's the Difference?

When a child comes in to the clinic after a fall with pain in an extremity, as a nurse practitioner you know what to do. You order an X-ray of the affected area, right? Sometimes, however, selecting the appropriate diagnostic test isn't so simple. Ultimately, test selection depends on the condition(s) you are looking for or trying to rule out as determined by the patient's history and physical exam. If you're not quite sure what to order and when, here are some general differences between common diagnostic imaging tools which may help you make a decision. 

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Are We Asking Too Much of Preceptors?

If you're a nurse practitioner student, or an NP who recalls your grad school days, you know that finding a clinical preceptor can be a total nightmare. Unless you have a number of connections in the healthcare world, convincing a provider to take on the responsibility of training you isn't easy. Patient care and the demands of an employer take precedent over accepting a student, as they should. Even the most altruistic NPs must work - without this they wouldn't be able to serve as preceptors anyway. 

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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Info About the New NP Residency in 7 Informative Posts

Are you a nurse practitioner student or new grad thinking about finding employment? For many NPs, jumping into a traditional employment setting can be pretty scary. Seeing high patient volumes and practicing in an environment without much support is difficult when you're just starting out. So, last year we came up with a solution here at MidlevelU. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is a residency-like program for nurse practitioners that helps NPs transition from education to practice. If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out our top informational posts from the past year. 

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