Showing posts from: October 2015

Medical News NPs Can Use 10.30.15

Happy Friday, friends! How are your Halloween plans coming along? I hope you've got costumes coordinated and candy galore all set for tomorrow's holiday. While I'm not a Halloween fanatic, I do plan to dress up for the occasion and have, of course, already begun eating candy in excess. Cheat week? More like cheat month... If you find yourself with some free time between trick-or-treaters, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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The Three Courses to Take Before You Graduate

By Meghan Kayan, MidlevelU Contributor and Future Physician Assistant

All college majors and pre-professional programs have a list of courses that students need to take prior to graduation or entrance into a program. However, if students plan well there is some leeway towards general education courses that can be chosen to fulfill the required number of credits to graduate. It's up to you, as a student, to decide which classes to take. Most students like to take the classes that are an easy A, but taking courses that are interesting and relevant to your plan of study will be beneficial in the long run.

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Think Outside the Box: Change Your Family, Not Your NP Job

Sometimes as a nurse practitioner, finding a job that works well with your family's current structure and schedule just doesn't seem possible. Perhaps you work in the emergency department and must cover your fair share of evening and weekend shifts. Or, you might be a surgical nurse practitioner with an unpredictable caseload that often leaves you painfully late for family dinner. If you're feeling stuck when it comes to finding a family-friendly NP position, why not consider changing your family instead of your job? 

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10 Things NPs Need to Know About Clinical Prediction Rules

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Realize it or not, as a nurse practitioner you have most likely used a clinical prediction rule. These algorithms come in quite handy in clinical practice and take much of the guesswork out of making a diagnosis or selecting the appropriate treatment for a patient. As a nurse practitioner in the emergency department for example, I find Wells Criteria for determining both the risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism helpful in determining the course of testing for my patients. 

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How to Drop Off a Nurse Practitioner Resume In-Person

Live in a tough nurse practitioner job market? If so, on-the-ground job search combat may be in order. What is on-the-ground job search combat, you say? In tough job markets, nurse practitioners must employ all tactics at their disposal to land a coveted NP position. This includes stepping away from filling out online applications on a laptop and visiting prospective employers in person. 

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A Novel Approach to the Nurse Practitioner Education

A few weeks ago, I relayed a few of my sentiments about areas nurse practitioner programs could use improvement. Specifically, I compared NP and PA programs identifying 3 areas nurse practitioner programs should be more like physician assistant programs. Many of you echoed my observations and opinions. Coincidentally, after I posted the article, I ran across a university who seems to have a longstanding solution to some of the frustration NP students feel - a dual NP/PA program. 

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Back to Basics: Study Strategies for Nursing Students

By Nursing Student Caitlin Webb

The middle of the semester is upon us. I don’t know about you, but midterms have me wanting to crawl under the covers and not come back up until they’re over. It is easy to get distracted during the semester and sometimes you lose the organization you promised yourself you’d stick to (I’ll admit my planner has not been getting as much use as it should be) and these exams may seem to have snuck up on you. One day you go all “treat yo self” on a day full of Netflix binging to only to realize you have an exam in three days on material you haven’t even reviewed yet. 

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Medical News NPs Can Use 10.18.15

Yesterday at breakfast I was introduced to a baked creation called a 'cronut'. The delicacy is just as it sounds, a donut made from croissant dough. Place a round croissant in the fryer, poke a hole in the middle, add a thick coat of sugary glaze and you've got yourself a cronut. Not exactly heart healthy, but pretty delicious. This morning, somehow I'm again feeling the big breakfast. There's something about a lazy Sunday morning + pancakes that just makes a fall weekend. What are you up to?

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7 Winter CME Conferences for Nurse Practitioners

Can you believe it's already time to plan winter travel? Apparently the rest of the country forgot to send me the memo. I sat down at my laptop yesterday to book post-New Year's Eve travel only to discover a number of flights had already been sold out. Mini panic mode ensued. Fortunately, I found a flight to accommodate my intended travel itinerary. If you're planning to attend a continuing medical education conference this winter, it's time to get it on the books. Here are a few options to consider. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Road Trip Style

I don't know about you, but I love an adventure. After my recent trip to Europe, I've got the travel itch and can't wait for my next getaway. From Seattle to NYC or camping locally in Tennessee, I don't care where I go, but getting an another adventure on the calendar is in order. So, in the spirit of travel, I thought with today's nurse practitioner job blast we could take a road trip of sorts. From West Coast to East Coast and everything in between, we've got job openings for nurse practitioners and physician assistants across the country. Which opportunity is right for you?

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Medical News NPs Can Use 10.9.15

I skipped last week's medical news recap becasue, well, I was having too much fun! Our friends stationed in London had a baby recently so naturally my husband and I used the occasion as an excuse for a jaunt across the Atlantic. We followed a few days in London with two days in Paris and had the time of our lives. We sipped champagne in streetside cafes watching the Eiffel Tower lights glitter at night. Late night we played board games - he's the chess champ and I conquered in Scrabble. When daily life gets busy, there's nothing better than taing some couple time away. But, now, we're back to the (not so bad!) grind in Nashville. So, here's this week's medical news recap. 

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Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Nurse Practitioner Students

Last week I covered the top time-saving tactics I use as a nurse practitioner. NP students gave a “What about us?!” response. It’s true, my top time-savers require some disposable income and may not be financially savvy moves for nurse practitioner students. So, in the interest of living on a student budget, here are a few hacks I found useful for maximizing my time in my life as an NP student. 

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