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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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Why NPs Need to Antibiogramit!

Part of MidlevelU's residency-like program for NPs, which we fondly refer to as MMU, consists of weekly education sessions for newly minted nurse practitioners. I have the distinct pleasure of sitting in on these sessions, and learning from our weekly speakers. Although with eight years of experience, I am now comfortable in my practice, there's always more to learn. This past week, while listening to our speaker, I got a more in depth glance at the concept of an antibiogram and became convinced that implementing this tool into my practice would be a valuable move to make. 

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Must-Have Posters for Your Primary Care Clinic

Most medical clinics are far too dingy and generic if you ask me. The walls are always painted some sort of band-aid tan. The smell of hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs wafts through the air causing every patient, regardless of chief complaint, to conjure up images of some sort of painful procedure. Pediatric practices make an effort to brighten up the environment to welcome kids. Maybe its time adult-focused practices did the same. 

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7 Steps to Finding Your Clinical Passion

In some aspects of life, finding your passion is quite easy. You may have a natural talent or innate interest in a hobby or activity, your giftedness guiding your pursuits. You may be passionate about certain people - your family or significant other. When it comes to our careers, however, passions quickly become muddied with the practical. While this isn't always a bad thing, it can mean a swift spiral into job dissatisfaction, or a lack of enthusiasm for your career path. 

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Navigating FMLA + HIPAA: Notes for Nurse Practitioners

In my last post, I discussed the basics of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as they relate to healthcare providers. Nurse practitioners are likely to treat patients requesting medical leave from employers, and are often responsible for completing the paperwork required for the patient to do so. Discussing a patient's medical condition with an employer, however, puts the NP in a precarious position as healthcare providers are restricted from releasing patient information by HIPAA privacy laws. What information can nurse practitioners reveal to employers about patients seeking FMLA?

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FMLA Q&A for Nurse Practitioners

If you're a nurse practitioners, chances are that thinking about FMLA is accompanied by a groan. FMLA means more paperwork for healthcare providers charged with securing medical leave for patients or their family members. Before whipping out your pen and scribbling responses into the multi-page form, however, it's important that nurse practitioners familiarize themselves with the background of the law and the requirements for advocating for a patient's leave. An FMLA slip-up could leave you legally exposed. Maintain solid relationships with your patients, and follow the letter of the law by understanding the answers to these basic FMLA questions. 

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Charting Hacks for Nurse Practitioners

Sometimes charting makes me want to scream. When I work in the fast track area of the emergency department diagnosing ear infections, suturing lacerations and treating minor injuries, I quickly become frustrated with documentation. It seems that charting the patient interaction takes longer than the visit itself. Not to mention, documenting what seems like the same visit over and over again makes me certifiably crazy. 

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