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7 Must Have Tools for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Working with kids can be difficult- you've got to win over their trust...and quickly. If not, lung sounds become nearly impossible to hear as they are overshadowed by by sobbing and ears unexaminable due to the thrashing of small heads. A smile, positive attitude and a joke or two are often enough to win over a cranky child. But, some fun, kid-friendly tools never hurt. 

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8 Signs You're Accepting the Wrong Nurse Practitioner Job

Sometimes in your nurse practitioner career you hit that point where you're desperate to accept a job. Maybe you're a new graduate and it seems that every employer in your area requires experience. So, you're willing to accept whatever position comes your way. Or, maybe you are currently working in a bad situation. Your desperation to leave has you willing to sign just about any employment agreement that lands on your desk. Before you compromise, think about your decision carefully. 

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Protect Your Practice with These 5 Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a beneficial tool for nurse practitioners; providing a way for NPs to not only connect and network with others from the medical community but to seek and gain support from friends, family and other peers after a long day of seeing patients. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the convenience of keeping up with friends and family with a quick scroll through your newsfeed during some well deserved downtime? While it may seem like all fun and games, posting the wrong thing on social media has the potential to seriously harm your career as a nurse practitioner.

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Medical Translation App Essentials for Nurse Practitioners

Do you encounter language barriers in your work as a nurse practitioner? As NPs, we care for patients of diverse backgrounds. To get to the root of the problem, it's most helpful to communicate in the patient's native language. When this doesn't occur, valuable information can be lost. Not to mention, federal law requires that healthcare facilities that receive federal funding offer language services to patients who need them. 

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Overwhelmed? How I Cope as a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners at any level of experience can become overwhelmed with their jobs. Increasing patient volumes may challenge even the most efficient NP. Complex clinical cases can be difficult for new grad nurse practitioners to digest. And, starting a new position involving the navigation of different staffing structures and an unfamiliar EHR system can be downright difficult. So, what do you do when your nurse practitioner job becomes overwhelming?

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Tax Implications of Your Nurse Practitioner Job Offer

I have been procrastinating from getting my tax return materials together for exactly 47 days now. And, there's no end in sight when it comes to my lack of motivation. Sigh. Filing my tax return, or rather gathering all the necessary paperwork just in time for my CPA to file an extension, is exactly the type of thing that requires much less effort than anticipated and the dread it causes is worse than the act itself. I need to get my act together. But, not quite yet...

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Confessions of a Former New Grad Nurse Practitioner

These days, I think I may even take patients by surprise with my abilities in the emergency department. I look younger than my thirty (ugh) years, or so I am told. So, when I enter a patient's room to suture a laceration or drain an abscess, I get that "Wait! you're the one who's going to be doing this?!" look. Then, when the patient sees the results of a perfectly placed set of sutures it becomes apparent I've done the same job everyday for five plus years. It wasn't always this way. 

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Ask These 6 Questions Before Agreeing to Call as a Nurse Practitioner

On-call responsibilities can be a major burden as a nurse practitioner (the dread!). They mean bringing work home with you and the obligation to be on duty after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. Although managing patients by phone can be an inconvenience, the way in which this responsibility is delegated within a practice is the make-or-break factor in determining if taking call is reasonable. If your employer or soon-to-be boss is asking you to accept call responsibilities, ask these six questions first. 

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8 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners from Job Search Disaster

Do you ever worry that the company currently employing you as a nurse practitioner will discover you're looking for a new job? Believe it or not, having a job while looking for another really is an ideal situation. Current employment makes you a more attractive nurse practitioner candidate as it shows to prospective employers that you are hireable and in demand; whereas searching for jobs as an unemployed NP raises questions for potential employers and puts you on the defense as to why you’re not currently in the workforce. 

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I Resolved to Leave Work On Time...

…This is what I did to make it happen 

As a nurse practitioner who has worked in primary care, urgent care and emergency department settings, I can say there are a few challenges common to NPs across the board. Leaving work on time is one of them. Packed schedules have us scrambling from patient to patient with little time left for charting, reviewing lab results, and responding to questions. So, we tack these duties on to the end of our clinical day or bring them home with us. 

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4 Outside-the-Box Job Opportunities for NPs & PAs

Are you growing tired of the same old workday? Do you feel stuck in your nurse practitioner or physician assistant career? Perhaps you've been working in the same clinical setting for a long period of time and your brain is permanently on autopilot. Or, maybe your schedule no longer fits with the needs of your family. Whatever the reason, there comes a time in our lives as NPs and PAs when we need to move on. Fortunately, for healthcare providers there are some exciting and unique opportunities available. Start thinking outside the box when it comes to your next position with opportunities like these. 

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4 Questions to Ask About Your Nurse Practitioner Relocation Package

New beginnings are an exciting and stressful time. Fortunately, for nurse practitioners at such junctures, relocating for a job, employers often help mitigate this stress by providing financial assistance with moving expenses. This moving allowance and the terms of its receipt will be outlined in your employment agreement. Before signing on the dotted line, ask yourself these questions about your relocation package. 

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