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3 Things Your NP Program Won't Teach You

After paying thousands of dollars to your nurse practitioner program, spending weekends writing papers and long days completing clinical work, your NP education should be entirely thorough, right?  Wrong.  I'm sorry to say, your nurse practitioner program won't teach you everything.  What gaps can you expect to find in your NP education and how do you overcome them?

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Should We Label Patients as Non-Compliant?

A patient comes into your clinic hypertensive, hyperglycemic...hyper everything for an infected foot wound.  His blood pressure is through the roof and the clinic's glucometer registers a glucose reading of 300+.  Not to mention the stinky puss oozing from the patient's left great toe.  The infected sore is obviously a complication of this patient's "non-compliance" the NP and physician mutter to each other.

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Do Patients Trust Medical Providers?

In starting my book review series, I have explored a few reads that are down on the medical profession.  After delving into these stories of medical deceit, I was left wondering 'Do patients trust their medical providers?'.  The authors of these whistle-blowing books certainly do not, but I doubt most of my patients have read 'Overtreated'.  Just how much do patients trust their providers?

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5 Major Drug Company Settlements- Should Providers be Wary of Pharmaceutical Companies?

Prescribing medications is part of the job for nurse practitioners.  Most of us write hundreds of prescriptions each month.  But does an FDA approval mean these medications are safe?  Are they being marketed to medical providers for appropriate uses?  The 5 major drug company settlements over the past 5 years indicate we may need to more closely evaluate what we prescribe to our patients- even if these medications are promoted by major pharmaceutical companies.

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What's the Employment Outlook for Nurse Practitioners?

By: Kaitlin Olson, HEALTHeCAREERS.com

The outlook has never been better for nurse practitioners!  Healthcare employment is projected to outpace every other economic section through 2020- and nurse practitioners play a large part.  With over 155,000 practicing nurse practitioners in the workforce today, there continues to be a need for NP's to fill the gap

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Best Pocket Guides for Nurse Practitioners

Every NP needs a little help from time to time.  Have a patient with multiple antibiotic allergies and can't recall which medication is third line treatment for strep?  Maybe you know an ECG looks a little off but are uncertain of the significance of the changes you detect.  Thankfully, there are many quick and easy pocket guides you can keep within easy reach for help in these situations.

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National Nurse Practitioner Organizations Join Forces

It's official.  Two of the nation's most notable nurse practitioner organizations have joined forces.  This month, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners officially announced their long awaited plans for consolidation.  How will this affect you as a nurse practitioner?

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5 Things Nurse Practitioners are Thankful For

As you know if you are a regular reader of my blog, I am endlessly thankful for my career as a nurse practitioner.

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Generic Medications: How Many Providers are Prescribing Them?

We've all been lured by the influence of pharmaceutical companies. From free lunches and snacks to dinners at renowned restaurants, drug reps want us to prescribe their new and allegedly improved medications.  But how many of us are actually taking the bait?

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5 Reasons Patients Like Nurse Practitioners

National Nurse Practitioner week is coming to an end.  I hope you received a little recognition for your hard work and commitmnt to the NP profession.  To close this important week, let's get back to the basics- our patients. After all, without patients willing to see NP's, we would all be without our jobs.  Patients frequently tell me they love the care nurse practitioners deliver.  But why?

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3 Ways Nurse Practitioners Make a Difference in Health Care

Nurse practitioners are a power house in the health care system.  We are steadily gaining more legal rights and are diagnosing and treating a growing number of patients each year.  With the recent buzz about health care reform, nurse practitioners are being called to step in and care for millions more newly insured patients.  Our profession is receiving increasing recognition as is evidenced by the naming of this week as National Nurse Practitioner Week.  In what ways do nurse practitioners positively impact health care?

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Nurse Practitioner Recertification: How Do You Re-Enter Practice?

Maybe you took a few years off to be a Mom and focus on you children.  Perhaps you experienced a temporary career change.  Whatever the reason for the lapse in your NP practice, how do you re-enter the nurse practitioner profession if you have taken a few years off?  Do you need to complete more clinical hours?  Re-take the nurse practitioner certification exam?  Here are the steps you need to take in order to re-certify if your nurse practitioner credentials have expired.

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