Showing posts from: April 2016

We've Got an iPhone App + Giveaway!

I mentioned that I traveled to Jaipur, India last month to visit MidlevelU's tech team. Unfortunately, my nurse practitioner education left me deficient when it comes to computer know-how, so MidlevelU's overseas team handles all things IT. This year, between a tiger safari, eating copious amounts of chicken tikka, and a friendly cricket match, MidlevelU's tech team and I found time to work on a special new project (OK, they did almost all of the work...). Yes, that's right, MidlevelU has an app!

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Do You Write Prescriptions for OTC Medications?

One thing I've always struggled with as a nurse practitioner is the balance between enabling patients to continue poor lifestyle habits, and giving them the resources they need to keep their bodies healthy. Let me explain. When I worked in primary care, for example, some patients asked for a quick fix for diseases like hyperlipidemia. Was putting these patients on medication to lower LDL levels robbing them of the motivation they might need to exercise and make better dietary choices? Or, were meds really the only option to keep the patient as heart healthy as possible?

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How Much Should NPs Expect to Pay a Collaborating Physician?

Physician oversight requirements can be a significant hurdle to overcome if you're thinking about opening your own nurse practitioner practice. For starters, complying with supervision or collaboration requirements affects your practice's bottom line. You will need to pay an MD to conduct chart reviews or be available for consultation as mandated by laws in your state. Just how much of your practice's revenue can you expect to spend on compensating an overseeing physician?

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My Day Job Shadowing a Physician Assistant

By Meghan Kayan , MidlevelU Contributor and Future Physician Assistant

There are a vast amount of professions you can go into when entering the medical world. For those who don’t already have their foot in the door towards a medical career, deciding which specific career is a match for you can be a hard choice. Knowing the difference between the responsibilities of a nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or any other healthcare professional may become confusing. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 4.15.16

Greetings from Napa! This weekend, I'm headed to San Francisco for a long weekend getaway in wine country. The forecast is lookin' fine, so I'm anticipating mornings sunning by the pool, afternoons sampling Napa's finest vino, and topping off the day with dining al fresco. Ahh, yes, spring is here! Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope work will be far from your mind. If you could use a little (almost) weekend entertainment, check out this week's medical news link pack. 

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How Likely are You to Pass the NP Certification Exam?

I vividly recall sitting in the back of a lecture hall one day as I neared graduation from my nurse practitioner program. Distracted from the presentation at hand, I found myself looking up passing rates for the national nurse practitioner certification exam. Anxiety over the upcoming test was constantly on my mind, and study sessions took up most of my free time. 

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Salaries: State Breakdown

Occasionally, patients or acquaintances ask me why I did not become a doctor. I can always tell salary is on their mind. "Why would she choose to work a similar job for less?", they wonder. Admittedly, compensation was a significant part of my own decision making process as I selected my career path. I became an NP knowing full well that my salary would be significantly lower than that of a physician. Just how much lower are nurse practitioner salaries compared to those of physicians?

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Spring Fever

It's finally starting to feel like spring outside. The lone tulip plant in my garden that survived the winter has bloomed (apparently the rest of the row wasn't feeling so hearty), late sun sets lend themselves to evening outdoor activities, and temperatures outdoors are refreshing. Spring is about new beginnings, so if you're in the market for a new nurse practitioner job, now is a good time to think about making the transition. To get started, check out these opportunities. 

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Nurse Practitioner Non-Competes: Are They Enforceable?

By Jennifer Lankford, Labor and Employment Attorney

As I discussed in a previous blog post, Employment Contract Negotiation for Nurse Practitioners, the process of negotiating an employment contract can be extremely complicated for a nurse practitioner. Not only are you concerned with outlining the scope of your practice, including the duties and expectations of your employment, but you are also negotiating for salary and benefits, like bonuses and vacation days. 

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How Do You Become a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner?

During some downtime at work this afternoon, several nurses and I were discussing our need for some Botox...STAT.  Our love of sunshine seems to be catching up with us resulting in unsightly, premature forehead wrinkles.  Ultimately, we decided the solution to our problem was for these nurses to go back to school and become dermatology nurse practitioners.  But how?

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How Should Nurse Practitioners Apologize for a Medical Error?

Making mistakes is part of being human. None of us are perform perfectly at all times. Unfortunately, a career as a nurse practitioner doesn't lend itself to the errant tendency of human nature. In caring for patients we must be on top of our actions at all times. A misstep can carry serious consequences for you, the NP, and your patients. Last month, I discussed steps to take after you make a medical error. Step 1? Admit the mistake. Here's how.

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Weekend Wrap Up 4.10.16

Happy Sunday! What are you up to on this beautiful spring morning? Cheering on Nashville's hockey team on Thursday evening, a trendy restaurant date on Friday night, and sipping wine with girlfriends on Saturday, have left me behind at work and home. So, today, I'll be in a deep cleaning, e-mail answering frenzy of activity. I hope your morning has a more relaxed look, although it does feel good to get caught up. If you find the time for some light reading, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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