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Documenting a Back and Neck Exam Made Simple

Whether you're a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad, there's always room for improvement when it comes to documentation skills. Over the past few months here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at documentation basics for the various body systems. Accurately recording the findings of your physical exam is essential for the continued care of your patient and to protect yourself legally as a healthcare provider. What do you need to know when it comes to documenting exam findings of the back and neck?

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Oncology Subspecialty Programs for Nurse Practitioners

While most nurse practitioners are certified in general areas, such as 'Family Nurse Practitioner' or 'Adult Nurse Practitioner', some NPs opt for more specialized training. If you have a specific area of clinical interest, obtaining a nurse practitioner subspecialty can give you the competitive advantage you need to pursue a career in your desired setting. While there aren't many programs for NPs with an oncology bent, there are a few schools that offer the subspecialty. 

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Avoid These 4 Mistakes on Your NP Program Application

Isn't writing NP program admissions essays the worst? The vague, nuanced questions leave you wondering what exactly faculty are looking to see in your responses. You must walk the fine line between bragging about your accomplishments and seeming like your credentials are lacking. You know you have overcome some challenge or obstacle in life, but of course can't think of it when you sit down to draft your admissions app. 

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#Adulting Professionalism as a Young Nurse Practitioner

The emergency department where I work is freezing cold. I mean freezing. Summer in Tennessee where I live commonly sees temperatures in the upper 90's, however, I can still be spotted carrying a fleece jacket with me into work. The other evening while pulling an overnight shift, I glanced at myself in the mirror. Fuzzy pull-on fleece over my scrubs, minimal make-up, and hair in a messy bun had me looking a little disheveled. 24 hours without sleep wasn't helping the picture. 'Professional' was not a word I would use to describe my appearance. 

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Are You Eligible for NHSC Loan Repayment Opportunities?

It seems that all nurse practitioner students and new NP grads have heard of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' lucrative National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program. Designed to attract healthcare providers to areas of medical need, the program will pay up to $50,000 towards NP student loans in exchange for 2 years of employment in a medically underserved area. Which nurse practitioners are eligible for these benefits?

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3 Ways Student Loan Repayment is Offered to Nurse Practitioners

It's the season of giving but capturing the intended spirit of the holidays may be tough if you're a nurse practitioner saddled with student loan debt. It may seem like all the giving you can do this year is to keep up with loan payments. Paying down student debt and incorporating payments into your family's budget isn't easy. So, this holiday season, give yourself the gift of making sure you're maximizing your loan repayment assistance potential. 

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program this winter, NP residencies are a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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How Long Does it Take to Get an Additional Nurse Practitioner Specialty?

One of the most appealing things about entering the nurse practitioner profession is that there are a variety of specialties to choose from. But, what happens if a few years into your practice you discover that your chosen specialty may not be the right fit for you?

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How Long Will You Feel Overwhelmed as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner?

Does new grad nurse practitioner life have you feeling frantic? Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Doubting your career decision? No matter the number of years you have worked as a nurse, or the caliber of the NP program you attended, it's inevitable that you'll experience these feelings as you begin your nurse practitioner career. You may even feel this way as a more experienced NP in a new setting. When can you expect to feel ease in your new role?

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The Worst Thing You Can Say in a New Grad NP Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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Live! Midlevels for the Medically Underserved Preview

A look at our nurse practitioner residency info session 

Are you stressed about what life will look like after you graduate from your nurse practitioner program? Where will you work? How well supported will the transition from education to practice be in your new job? What will you do when questions inevitably arise? If new grad concerns are keeping you up at night, Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) can help. 

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Auscultate It! Super Quick Lung Sounds Tutorial

It's interesting how much you can learn with a review of the most basic skills. As nurse practitioners, many of us have been listening to lung sounds for years. But, when a reader asked me to post a refresher on auscultation, even as an experienced NP I came away with a few new interesting tidbits of information. So, whether you're new to the nurse practitioner profession, or you're a seasoned NP with years of experience, check out this super quick refresher on lung sounds. 

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