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Even More(!) Reasons to Seek Legal Review of an Employment Agreement

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant considering a job offer, you've got a lot to consider. This week here at MidlevelU, we've been looking at various considerations for NPs and PAs when it comes to employment agreements (check out Part I and Part II of the trifecta). Our ultimate conclusion? Asking legal counsel to look over your agreement is well worth the time and expense. Here are the final of our Top 10 Reasons Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Should Seek Assistance Reviewing an Employment Agreement

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3 More Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Expert Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

This week on MidlevelU, we're featuring the top reasons nurse practitioners and physician assistants would be wise to have a set of legal eyes look over an employment contract before signing on the dotted line. If you missed the opening post in our series, Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements from our employment contract review expert, you can find it here

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Top 10 Reasons NPs & PAs Should Seek Legal Review of Employment Agreements

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Yesterday, we gave an overview of some of the challenges nurse practitioners and physician assistants face upon receiving a job offer. Presented with a lengthy employment agreement, many NPs and PAs neglect to understand and negotiate their contract, instead quickly signing on the dotted line. While employers are almost always well meaning, it's in your best interest as a healthcare provider to have an expert review your employment agreement to make sure you're protected and receiving fair representation. To start our series, here are a few reasons why. 

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Me vs. My Employer – When Do Nurse Practitioners Need an Attorney?

By Guest Contributor Leigh Ann O'Neill for Lauth O'Neill Physician Agency

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants play an increasingly important role in the healthcare landscape. Studies have demonstrated that despite misconceptions concerning their perceived abilities, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) or advanced practice providers can perform the majority of tasks that physicians can, while providing a high quality of care at a lower cost. Because of the many benefits achieved by employing NPs and PAs, practices throughout the country are increasingly taking advantage of all that these providers can offer.

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Tips for Landing a Nurse Practitioner Job in Your 20's

Ahhh...I can still remember those carefree weekends I experienced upon graduating from my nurse practitioner program. More drinking. Less studying. Falling in love. Outdoor concerts. Dive bars. Breaking into apartment pools. I was also fortunate to land my first NP position at the age of 23. While I was certainly qualified for the job, my extracurricular activities and appearance weren't so professional. 

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Working In an Academic Medical Center: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Considerations for nurse practitioners and physician assistants

Earlier today, I shared my personal experience evaluating the possibility of working as a nurse practitioner in an academic medical center (more about that here). While the employment option wasn't a good fit for me personally, for some nurse practitioners a teaching hospital just may be the right opportunity. So, to elaborate on my own experience, I also wanted to share an objective look at the pros and cons of working in such facilities. 

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Why I Don't Work in an Academic Medical Center

Nashville, TN where I live and work happens to be a vibrant healthcare community. Home to multiple multi-state healthcare organizations as well as a handful of universities, Nashville has a wealth of employment options for nurse practitioners. NPs in the city may work in solo private practices, community health clinics, specialty practices, public hospitals, private hospitals and, yes, academic medical centers. The number of options was exciting for me as I embarked on my nurse practitioner career

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6 Tips for Crushing a Skype Nurse Practitioner Interview

Before the world of video calling, interviewing for a nurse practitioner position across state lines meant incurred travel expenses and additional stresses for both the employer and potential employee. But in this day and age, Skype, and the like video call platforms, have opened doors of opportunity for landing an out-of-state job without any of the hassle or cost.

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Do You Need Your Own Medical Malpractice Insurance?

While none of us as nurse practitioners intentionally messes up, the reality is that our role comes with a high level of responsibility. Misjudgments or mishaps can potentially lead to harm. Failure to document decision making can come back to bite you. So, as healthcare providers, we protect ourselves by purchasing liability coverage. Most often, such coverage is purchased for us by our employers. Lately, I have received a number of questions from nurse practitioners asking if they need to purchase their own supplemental policies as well. 

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4 Steps to Full Prescribing as a California Nurse Practitioner

Some states make practicing as a nurse practitioner more difficult than others. California is one such state with a few additional hoops to jump through for nurse practitioners looking to maximize their scope of practice. In the Golden State, nurse practitioners are not permitted to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances such as Percocet without meeting certain requirements. If you're an NP looking to prescribe to your full potential, you'll need to follow these steps to meet California Board of Nursing Requirements. 

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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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