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8 Must Have Stocking Stuffers for Nurse Practitioners

Now that our stockings have been hung from the chimney with care, we have to think of something to put in them!  What should you coyly suggest santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season?  Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for you and the other nurse practitioners in your life.

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Gut Check- Send Off Your Own Stool Sample for Analysis?

I thought I had seen it all...but today I realized I have certainly not.  Thanks to companies American Gut Project and uBiome you can now send off your own stool sample for microbial analysis.

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Sorry, Sometimes There's No Quick Fix

I can't fix everything.  Shocking, I know.  Lately though, I have become a bit annoyed by patient's demands for a quick fix.  It seems that people want a magic pill for everything- and f

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Learning to Have Difficult Conversations With Your Patients

The other day at work I informed an elderly patient and her family that unfortunately she had a large brain mass.  At her age, treatment was not likely an option.  The conversation was expectedly intense.

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A Nurse's Ode to Hostess

It's a sad day in America.  Hostess is shutting it's doors and our country's most nostalgic treats will no longer be gracing the shelves at gas stations and grocery stores.  Although Americans love the Twinkie, it appears not enough of us were actually eating them and that Hostess employees did not enjoy making them.  In tribute to Hostess and the footprint they leave on America's culture of unhealthy eats, one nurse puts her thoughts to humorus poetic form.

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Free Patient Handouts: Resources for NP's

Here's how the typical patient visit ends in my experience.  I tell the patient, say an individual presenting with cervical lymphadenopathy, that their tests have come back negative (CBC, rapid strep etc.) and the 'mass' in their neck is likely a benign, inflamed lymph node.  It should go away within a week but if it doesn't they must be sure to follow-up as rarely their symptoms can be a sign of something more serious- like cancer.  The patient acknowledges understanding, goes home and immediately forgets everything I have told them.  

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5 Best Physician Blogs

 

Blog reading is my guilty pleasure.  From cooking and fashion to home decor and travel, I love a good post.  The most relevant blogs I read address the medical field.  They allow me to keep up to date with my practice, stay tuned to the latest health news and laugh alongside other providers.  Which physician-published blogs are my favorites?

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Happy Movember

Umm, don't you mean November?  No, I don't.  A movement to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, known as Movember, is sweeping the nation this month using the mustache as their signature.  Men across the U.S. are sprouting their 'staches in support of this initiative. 

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CME Adventure: Of Camels and Tooth Avulsion Treatment

The final stop on my CME Adventure proved to be the most exotic.  Lazarote, a desolate volcanic land nestled in the Canary Islands chain is home to few humans albeit an abnormally high population of camels.  Following a morning camel ride and tour of the local volcano (which included cooking chicken on a grate above an active volcanic steam vent) I was treated to informative emergency medicine lectures.  The most interesting thing I learned today?  Management and treatment of tooth avulsion.

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CME Adventure Update: From Paella to Pulmonary Embolism

Hello from Tenerife, Canary Islands!  My CME adventure has so far been magical. From chowing down on Paella at seaside European cafes and wandering the streets of Portugal to medical conferences in the cruise ship conference room, this CME conference pick is proving to be a good one.

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Join Me on My CME Vacation!

My employer offers a generous Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance.  Each year, I anticipate my free (and educational...) vacation, religiously maximizing my CME spending.  This year is no different.

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The Sweet Spot: When Will You Find Your Dream Job As a NP?

A lot of new nurse practitioners are frustrated.  The learning curve associated with being a new grad is steep.  They hear about NP positions offering well into the six-figure salary range but can't seem to land these opportunities.  Many clinics willing to hire recent NP graduates are poorly managed leading to daily job frustration.  Well, I am here to tell you there is a light at the end of the 'new grad' tunnel.  How and when will you find your sweet spot, your ideal NP career opportunity?  Let me tell you my story. 

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