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How to Tell a Patient "I Don't Know"

How do you react when you don't know the answer to a patient's question? Does your face flush? Do you reply with an answer that doesn't directly address the question asked? Do you abruptly end the conversation? Experts say that the words "I don't know" might be some of the hardest to say, even more so than "I love you". Admitting uncertainty or lack of knowledge isn't easy - just ask children and Alzheimer's patients who confabulate rather an utter a simple "I'm not sure". As nurse practitioners, however, we inevitably find ourselves in situations where we don't have the answers. 

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5 Reasons Nurse Practitioners Get Fired (and How to Avoid Them)

Fortunately, most nurse practitioners don't need to think about getting the ax. Overall, we're a hard-working, devoted crowd that takes our jobs seriously. But, what if you and your employer don't see eye-to-eye about your performance? The truth is that  as at-will employees we can be fired at any time. If you're following through on your responsibilities as an NP, this doesn't usually happen. But, let's look at the reasons it could - and talk about how to avoid these pitfalls. 

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How Many Calories Do Nurse Practitioners Burn at Work?

Admittedly, I'm a little bit of a health nut. I eat more than my fair share of fruits and veggies. I jog religiously. But, when I get home from working an evening or night shift in the ER, I totally binge. My husband stares wide-eyed from his seat at the kitchen table where he sits sipping coffee as I storm through the door at 6am and down 3 chocolate chips without blinking as I tell him about my evening. 

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7 Questions YOU Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

The last time I interviewed for a nurse practitioner position, I was hired on the spot. I recall I was asked just one or two questions, handed over my resume, and bam! I was hired. My rapid hiring surprised me given my lack of experience at the time. When I left the interview and recounted the story to family members working in the business world they found it highly amusing.

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Is It Ever OK for a Nurse Practitioner to Date a Patient?

Do you ever get hit on at work? Throughout my years as a nurse practitioner it has happened to me a time or two. Typically, the gesture comes in the form of an inappropriate comment which I choose to ignore or express distaste at depending on the situation. Once, a patient even went so far as to deliver a note asking me on a date to the front desk of the walk-in clinic where I was working at the time. Awkward.

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Does Anyone Actually Know How NPs are Allowed to Practice?

I'm at a pharmacology conference in Chicago this week with a friend and former NP school classmate. My friend, Ann, is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in a cardiology practice for the past six years. Ann is pretty much an amazing and inspiring NP. Within cardiology, she has honed her skills in electrophysiology and does all things palpitations, pacemakers, and defibrillators

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Medical Records: What Must be Included From a Prescribing Standpoint?

While prescribing controlled substances is a common part of nurse practitioner practice, it must be done with caution. NPs that don't back up the prescriptions they write with timely, accurate documentation can get themselves into a sticky situation with their employer, regulatory board, or the DEA. What needs to be included in your documentation when you prescribe controlled substances as a nurse practitioner? 

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5 Affordable Online Controlled Substance CME Courses

With my latest employment transition came a reduction in my continuing medical education budget. My time attending annual CME vacations, correction, CME conferences, has come to an end. At least for now. So, when I learned of the State of Tennessee's new regulations requiring nurse practitioners to obtain continuing medical education related to the prescribing of controlled substances, I searched for a more cost effective option than enrolling in a destination conference. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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4 Ways the NP Job Search is Like Being on Tinder

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not on Tinder nor will I ever be. I am happily married. Depending on the day of the week, however, my sister's profile can be found on the app. She entertains my husband and I with stories of her Tinder dates. We find it highly amusing to sit at the kitchen table scrolling through potential matches on her phone when she isn't paying attention selecting who we think she should go out with next.

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How Do You Switch Specialties as a Nurse Practitioner?

If you are already a nurse practitioner, your education has prepared you for a general area of practice. If you attended an Acute Care NP Program, for example, you are qualified to work in the ICU, CCU, and a wealth of other specialty clinics and hospital settings. Or, perhaps as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner you are prepared to diagnose and treat kids. But, what if you want to switch it up mid-career?

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Are Your Nurse Practitioner Salary Expectations Reasonable?

Compensation may not be the most important thing to you in your job search but it certainly enters the equation. You’re likely approaching your career transition with a salary expectation in mind. What’s your number?

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