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Free Birth Control: What's the Scoop?

I went to pick up my birth control prescription earlier this month.  As I handed my credit card to the pharmacist to pay the usual $19.99, she said "Oh, it's free now".  Great!  I immediately took part of my savings and spent it at the frozen yogurt place next door (no wonder they say birth control makes you fat). Following my impulse fro-yo purchase (vanilla with Oreos if you must know), I began to reflect on exactly why my OCP's are now free.

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How Do You Become an ER Nurse Practitioner?

I have had a few readers contact me asking what specialty they should they should choose in their nurse practitioner program if they want to become an ER NP.  Other readers have asked how to find a job in the ER.  After all, the emergency nurse practitioner does top our list of highest paying nurse practitioner specialties.  Allow me share my thoughts and my story.

What Nurse Practitioner Program Specialty Should You Choose?

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Be An Olympian...In Spirit

I love the Olympics.  The speed, the spirit, the heart-wrenching bios, the fact that watching these athletes is like an anatomy lesson on muscle groups not previously known to exist.  I wish I could be an Olympian, but, since I cannot swim 400 meters, much less with any speed, I will remain firmly planted on my couch.  As I was reflecting today on my new 24/7 hobby, watching the Olympics, I tried to pinpoint exactly why I love them so much.  I boiled it down to two things.  Passion and perfection.

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How I Decided to Become A Nurse Practitioner

Check out my guest blog post for HEALTHeCAREERS where I discuss How I Decided to Become A Nurse Practitioner.  HEALTHeCAREERS assists nurse practitioners and other health professionals in career placement. 

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Why I Care About Health Policy

Until recently, I did not care about legal issues surrounding healthcare in the United States.  I have no desire to become involved in politics and do not even want to hold office in a nursing organization.  So how did I become interested in health policy?

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Sleep: How it Affects Your Job Performance

Working in the ER, I am forced into an odd sleep schedule.  This past year, I have been working a lot of 6pm to 2am shifts.  I find that the benefit of the 6pm-2am rather than the traditional 12 hour overnight shift is that I can easily work until 2am without having to waste my afternoon napping.  Unfortunately, I am also not very good at sleeping in resulting in a lot of 5 hour nights of sleep.  Is this lack of sleep affecting my job performance?

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A Day In The Life of An ER Nurse Practitioner

Check out my guest blog post on Nurse Teeny's blog, Makings of A Nurse.  Nurse Teeny has an excellent blog where she documents her nursing experiences.  She is planning to pursue a nurse practitioner degree in the near future. 

A Day In The Life of An ER Nurse Practitioner

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What's A Day in the Life of A Nurse Practitioner Really Like?

Check out my guest blog entry on the HEALTHeCAREERS helps nurse practitioners among other healthcare professionals find jobs.  I would highly recommend looking at their website the next time you are seeking employment.

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