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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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Bottoms Up! 8 Themed Cocktails for Nurse Practitioner Week

It's officially National Nurse Practitioner Week! How do you plan to celebrate? We figure the occasion is definitely an excuse for NPs to get together after work to share a cocktail and celebrate their accomplishments. To kick off this week's festivities, we've come up with a few nursing-appropriate concoctions. Gin and colonic, anyone?

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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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Pumpkin Carving 101 for Nurse Practitioners

My resolve to pass on the bowl full of Halloween candy sitting temptingly at the nurses' station during my overnight shift in the emergency department last night lasted all of about 10 minutes. Who can resist mini Twix at 3am...and Kit Kats...and M&Ms (because you're only going to eat half the bag to keep you awake on your early morning commute home)? 

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9 Cheap Ways to Make Your Workspace Less Depressing

One of my main beefs with my workspace as a nurse practitioner is that there are no windows. Understandably so, as most of my patients are wearing backless gowns, but the lack of daylight can be a little depressing. Or, sometimes, a lot depressing. Not to mention, the hospital and clinic scene can be pretty bland, commonly decorated in an array of muted 90's-esque pastel tones. It's safe to say, my surroundings affect my mood. And, a workspace touch up could definitely benefit my day-to-day. 

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Real-Life Tips from First Day Mistakes in My New Nurse Practitioner Job

Perfectly content with my workload, and always borderline over-committed, I wasn't looking for a new nurse practitioner job. Until, that is, the former medical director of the emergency department where I work sent an email asking for help in his new facility. Intrigued by the opportunity to work somewhere new, and attracted to the possibility of again practicing with someone who had been instrumental in training me to be the NP I am today, I accepted the job. 

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Are You Worn Out, Stressed Out, or Burnt Out?

l'm officially declaring this nurse practitioner burnout week here at MidlevelU. I arrived home from working the overnight shift in the emergency department yesterday morning around 6:30am. I promptly declared to my husband that I was in no mood to talk about my day. I unpacked my work bag and headed to my bedroom only to find an "I love you" note from him resting on the pillow. Sigh. I immediately regretted the terse tone I took as I stormed into the house 5 minutes earlier. 

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that flooded the Halloween market last year. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

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Top 10 Reasons the NP Licensing Process is the Absolute Worst

Is anyone out there frustrated with the nurse practitioner licensing process? The struggle is real for NPs seeking licensure across the country, particularly in states like California and Texas, notorious for their sluggish licensure speeds. In fact, the Board of Nursing in California is so inefficient that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired and replaced most of the California State Board of Nursing in 2009. Unfortunately, the clean up doesn't appear to have made a difference. 

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Are Too Many Nurse Practitioners Looking for 'Glam' Jobs?

I recently spoke with a nurse practitioner faculty member at a well respected university. This particular faculty member was quite friendly and we began discussing her background. She had worked as a nurse practitioner in community health for a number of years. Eventually, she decided to branch out in her career by adding a teaching component to her resume. Throughout her years of teaching, she made an interesting observation. 

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