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Live Nurse Practitioner Residency Q&A

Learn more about the new residency-like program for NPs

By now you've probably heard about MidlevelU's new residency-like program for nurse practitioners. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) facilitates a smooth transition from education to practice with the mission of serving communities in need of healthcare. Applying to MMU and other post-graduate programs is a big decision. So, on January 30th at Noon CST, we're hosting a live webinar to answer questions, address concerns, and generally share our enthusiasm for MMU. 

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5 Fierce Ways Millennials will Change the NP Profession

Did you grow up doing any of the following a. playing Oregon Trail on a desktop computer b. wearing Playskool roller skates velcroed over your Keds c. watching the TV hit Full House? If so, you might be a millennial. My husband and I always argue about which of us is a millennial (he is clearly too old to be considered). Most people, however, define the generation as those individuals born from the early 1980's through the mid 1990's. As this generation establishes itself further and further in the workforce, we can expect to see some changes in the coming years. 

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Yep, Your Patients are Stereotyping You By Gender

I'm not usually one to chime in on gender in the workplace discussions. Frankly, I'm not one to tip toe around politically correct lines. I'm a hire the right person for the job kind of individual rather than one who envisions workplaces with a 50-50 balance of men and women. Recently, however, a gender related matter hit the email list serve and became a discussion topic with my employer affecting my work as a nurse practitioner. Here's what happened. 

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Are We Asking Too Much of Preceptors?

If you're a nurse practitioner student, or an NP who recalls your grad school days, you know that finding a clinical preceptor can be a total nightmare. Unless you have a number of connections in the healthcare world, convincing a provider to take on the responsibility of training you isn't easy. Patient care and the demands of an employer take precedent over accepting a student, as they should. Even the most altruistic NPs must work - without this they wouldn't be able to serve as preceptors anyway. 

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These 10 Posts Will Energize Your Nurse Practitioner Career

How are you settling in to 2017? If your New Year's resolutions have already lost momentum and you've already strayed from accomplishing the goals you've set, don't lose heart. Change takes time and accomplishment is always preceded by hard work. To help maintain motivation in your nurse practitioner career as we kick off 2017, check out these top reads from the past year. 

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5 Personal Nurse Practitioner Lessons from 2016

2016 has been an interesting year for me both personally and professionally. On the home front, I have encountered some unexpected challenges that forced my attention away from work towards myself and my family. At the same time, MidlevelU has also grown to 100,000 readers strong, launched a residency-like program for NPs, Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, and continued to expand its online offerings. I've got a great team to help out with these projects, but still the year has certainly seemed like a whirlwind! While unanticipated events caused the year to have its share of ups and downs, expectedly these challenges have led to personal and professional growth. 

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Best Gifts for the Wine-Loving Nurse Practitioner

How do you unwind after a long day at the clinic or hospital? Maybe you go for a walk or jog. Perhaps you cook a gourmet(ish) meal. Or, maybe you don't get to kick back until you crawl under the covers for some sweet, sweet sleep. One sure recipe for a relaxing evening is, of course, pouring a tall glass of vino. Whether you prefer merlot or chardonnay, if you've got a nurse practitioner on your list this year, wine accessories can make the perfect gift. 

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Making Merry: Hospital Decor for Nurse Practitioners

One of the downsides of life as a nurse practitioner is the requirement to work holidays. In anticipation of time off for the Christmas holiday, I crammed a few weeks worth of overnight shifts into one lengthy stretch leaving my brain foggy and my energy level low. There's something extra draining about working odd hours while the rest of the world seems to be out celebrating.

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How to Wear Scrubs When Its Freezing Outside

Baby, it's cold outside! My least favorite part of cold and flu season is not the increased patient volume in the emergency department. Rather, it's the walk from my car to the front door of the hospital. Wearing thin scrubs leaves my legs freezing cold, and drafty indoor hospital temperatures have my fingers so icy I can barely tap out a patient's chart on my keyboard. Dressing for cold weather as a nurse practitioner can certainly be challenging. How do you wear scrubs when it's freezing outside?

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Hospital Holiday DIY: The Urinal Christmas Wreath

When I cover the night shift in the emergency department, typically there are a few minutes of downtime around 4am. The evening rush has subsided and the morning craziness yet to begin. Rather than sitting at my desk, perusing Facebook while trying desperately not to fall asleep on the job, during my next shift I plan to tackle a DIY medical decor project - the urinal Christmas wreath. I encourage you to do the same. Need some inspiration? Check out the following photos then hit up the supply closet! 

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Chat it Up! Connect with NP & PA Colleagues on MidlevelU

I am super excited about two things this week. First of all, it's almost Friday. Yay. Second and most importantly, we've got a new feature to announce on MidlevelU. Some of you Type A's have already noticed that you can now create your very own profile and have taken advantage of doing so. For the rest of you, you're missing out, so it's time to get started. To give you an overview of this new feature, check out the following F.A.Q.

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Million Dollar Questions that Make Diagnosis and Treatment a Sinch

I've been a nurse practitioner for more than eight years now. My face has a few more wrinkles than when I began practicing, however time has brought a few positive changes to my nurse practitioner life. Fortunately, over the years, I have gained valuable practice experience. Unlike my new grad years, my work is not accompanied by a feeling of being utterly stressed out or overwhelmed. Rather, I feel quite comfortable interacting with patients (new grads, you'll get there, too!). 

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