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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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Interview With an Oncology Nurse Practitioner

One of my best friends, college roommate and fellow nurse practitioner, Jennifer, enjoys a thriving career as an oncology NP. With eight years of experience as an oncology nurse practitioner she has worked with numerous cancer patients and held some pretty interesting jobs. For those of you considering a career as an oncology nurse practitioner or who are simply interested in the nurse practitioner profession as a whole, she has agreed to help us learn more by answering a few questions about her own experiences.

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Does a Full Moon Really Make Patients Crazy?

Working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, I've heard many a busy shift blamed on a full moon. A night shift with an abnormally high number of psychiatric patients is likely to be linked to the lunar cycle - in the minds of ER staff, at least. Tonight's full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky than it has in nearly 70 years. So, I'm a little concerned about what this 'supermoon' will cause my shift to look like around 2am. Does a full moon really affect human behavior?

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Googling Your Patients: Right or Wrong?

I'm not a serial patient Googler. Although, after doing a little research for this post, I may just become one. It seems like everyone's conducting online searches on the side these days. While I don't make looking into my patient's backgrounds a habit, I have Googled my patients a time or two. A few months ago, for example, I cared for a guitarist who presented to the emergency department with a finger laceration. He took a few before and after photos of his wound and Tweeted them including my personal Twitter handle. I figured that was permission enough to log onto iTunes and listen to a few of his hits. 

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This NP Owns Her Own Clinic, Could You?

As I walk into East Nashville Family Medicine, it's evident that a lot of work has gone into getting this clinic up and running.  I have worked with Mimi, part owner of the clinic, for a few years now and am excited to hear the story of how she decided to go out on her own.  We order coffee at the shop next door and sit down to chat.  I become even more interested in Mimi's story when she mentions is all starts with, well, poop.

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