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Back to School Supplies for NPs that Will Make You Laugh

It’s that time a year again! Whether you’re starting the first year of your nurse practitioner program or your last, chances are that you’ve already been bombarded on all fronts with reminders to buy your back to school supplies. Afterall, nothing screams new school year like a package of freshly sharpened pencils, am I right? Regardless of if you’re excited for the start of a new semester or not, these fun twists on back to school supplies will definitely make you laugh.

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The NP's Wish List: Stateside CE Conferences for Fall

Is 2017 getting away from you? It seems that way for me. Looking at the calendar the other day, my initial inclination that I had some time for fall planning was quickly proven incorrect. Yes, it is time to start thinking about schedules for October and November. Before you know it, we'll be heading into the holiday season when the days really start to whiz past. So, if you've still got your nurse practitioner continuing education stipend burning a hole in your pocket, it's time to make a decision about which conference you'll attend this year. 

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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5 Ways Nurse Practitioners Can Cheer Up the Workday

Happy Monday! Going back to work after a summertime weekend can be tough. You're likely find yourself longing to be at the pool or enjoying the great outdoors rather than stuck in a windowless medical office or the hospital. Whether you love or loathe your current position as a nurse practitioner, bad days happen. A combination of stress, overwork and tough cases can leave even the most optimistic NP feeling less than enthused at the end of the day. 

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Ask for These Perks if Your Boss Won't Give You a Raise

Working up the nerve to ask for a raiseas a nurse practitioner takes a lot of guts. When you finally do pitch your case to your boss, it can be quite frustrating when the answer is "no". Whatever the reasoning may be, if you have done your research and presented a solid pitch with indisputable facts that show that your compensation is not up to par, it can be tempting to look for employment elsewhere; but don’t plan your exit strategy just yet. 

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress While Sitting at Your Desk

Unfortunately stress in the workplace is all too common for nurse practitioners, and some days it may even feel as though it’s part of your job description. When not combated, chronic stress can begin take a serious toll on your physical and mental health. Although long term strategies like daily exercise have proven to be highly effective in reducing stress, often times we face more immediate situations in our workday in which we need a quick and effective solution in dealing with mounting tension. Here are six ways to reduce stress while sitting at your desk.

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Poolside Summer Reads for Nurse Practitioners

There’s no better way to relax on a summer day than lounging poolside with an enticing book in hand (though a strong case could also be made for enjoying a scorching day inside with the AC on full blast). Nevertheless, a good book is always a great way to unwind and escape. If you’re a nurse practitioner who could use some summer reading material, check out these poolside summer reads for NPs.

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Do Nurse Practitioners Get the Workplace Short End of the Stick?

As a nurse practitioner, I enjoy my workplace. It certainly isn't glamorous, but the facility serves its purpose. Hospitals come with a certain smell that waxes and wanes depending on the ailments of resident patients. The walls are inevitably some sort of drab pastel color - like the designer was afraid to verge to much from a healthcare facility stereotype. The nurses' lounge fridge is inevitably disgusting, a make-your-own penicillin mold situation plaguing forgotten lunches. Not to mention, the cafeteria cuisine leaves something to be desired. 

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7 International Experiences for Learning Medical Spanish

We've been talking language skills this week on MidlevelU. From the legal requirements of working with non-English speaking patients, to the logistics of working with an interpreter, there's a lot to consider in treating patients from other cultures. While acting as your own interpreter isn't advised unless you are truly fluent, it is helpful to at least understand a few basics of languages commonly spoken by your patients. 

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Rediscover Your Reason for Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

I talked with a hospital administrator recently who honed in on something that I think goes largely ignored in the healthcare community. As nurse practitioners, we may not be burnt out, but we do grow frustrated and disillusioned by the challenges we face in our jobs. Our patients can be non-compliant, meaning our time and effort seems to be in vain. We may work with 'difficult' patients - drug seekers, confrontational attitudes etc. Facing these aspects of working in healthcare is enough to leave us critical of our career circumstances. 

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An NP's 5 Rules for Being Friends with Coworkers

The emergency department where I work has a very collegial environment. Physicians, NPs and nurses spend time socially with one another., One friend/coworker group, for example, vacationed together at the Hangout Fest music festival in Alabama earlier this year. A Kentucky Derby viewing party is an annual event held in one MD’s home and all ED staff are invited to attend. Yet another group of workplace friends organizes regular lunch meet-ups with an open invitation. While socialization between coworkers is generally positive, I often wonder if the nature of our workplace social structure has the potential to lead to professional pitfalls.

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AAFP Objects to Subspecialty Nurse Practitioner Referrals, Thoughts?

As nurse practitioners, we're all well aware that there can be tension between NPs and MDs, particularly when it comes to organizations representing these professions. While nurse practitioners and physicians typically get along well in the workplace, a war wages behind the scenes as to the rights and privileges NPs should be granted. Physicians fight to keep a superior stake in the ground and maintain a hierarchy in medicine. A recent op-ed, I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?, posted on the American Academy of Family Physicians website takes an angle in the argument against nurse practitioners that I hadn't previously considered.

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