Showing posts from: May 2016

The Newest Way for Nurse Practitioners to Work from Home

Throughout my career as a nurse practitioner, I have enjoyed flexibility in many forms. PRN positions have helped me to fill gaps in my schedule. Full-time shifts with a variety of hours have allowed me to enjoy a balanced work and personal life. Now, new technology is making waves in healthcare making it possible for nurse practitioners to have an even greater level of career flexibility. While most advances in telehealth have been in psychiatry, one company is bringing healthcare online for women with a variety of healthcare needs. 

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An Inside Look Into Life as an Army Nurse

Have you ever wanted to take your career to the limit? Or, at least try something totally new? As a nurse practitioner, I've heard of nurses working in the military or NPs stationed overseas through the U.S. Department of State but I've never gotten an up close look into these types of unique career experiences. Until today. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 5.27.16

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you have plans to take it easy over the holiday. I'm looking forward to a Monday spent by the pool rather than at my desk, and an evening back deck grill session rather than the typical Monday takeout routine. What do you have planned for Memorial Day? If you find yourself with some spare time, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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12-Hour Shifts: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em

As a group, my nurse practitioner coworkers and I in the emergency department, enjoy some freedom in the way we structure staffing. Shift length has traditionally been determined largely based on input from members of the group. And, it seems, we have a difficult time reaching a consensus. 

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How Can You Get the New Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification?

The lines are certainly blurred when it comes to nurse practitioners practicing in specialty areas. Family nurse practitioners, for example, have a broad medical background, and are trained to treat patients of all ages. This foundational knowledge prepares FNPs to work in a variety of settings, even those outside of primary care. Such grey lines create professional confusion, and questions about scope of practice guidelines. 

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2017 Grads, Meet the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved Experience

We are so excited over here at MidlevelU headquarters about the success of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved. The inaugural year of our residency-like program for nurse practitioners is off to a strong start. We have nurse practitioner new grads, and even a few experienced NPs, jetting off to locations across the country to interview with prospective sites. Some have even finalized commitments to work with populations in areas of medical need for the 2016-2017 MMU class. 

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The Art of Easing Nurse Practitioner Job Interview Anxiety

The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax. 

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How Likely are Nurse Practitioners to Receive NHSC Loan Repayment?

For some students, becoming a nurse practitioner requires taking on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. While advancing your career is ultimately worth the investment, paying back such a large sum of money can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are several options for healthcare providers looking for assistance repaying student loans. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is one of the better known programs offering up to $50,000 in loan repayment to nurse practitioners for a two-year service commitment. 

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5 Helpful Pocket Orthopedic Guides for Nurse Practitioners

Diagnosing orthopedic symptoms can be tricky. X-rays, for example, don't tell you a lot about tendons and ligaments that are often responsible for joint pain. More advanced testing, like MRI, is costly, and often requires prior authorization from insurance companies leading to a delay in treatment. While there are a number of clinical orthopedic exam maneuvers that indicate the exact type of injury and help lead nurse practitioners to a diagnosis, the specifics of these exam techniques can be difficult to recall on the spot. 

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Medical Malpractice Insurance 101

Every healthcare provider worries about being sued.  Not only does having a malpractice lawsuit filed against you mean you may have messed something, better yet someone up, being sued is a high stress situation.  Of course, the best way to protect yourself from liability is to practice with perfection, but as a healthcare provider you must carry malpractice insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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Weekend Wrap Up 5.20.16

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Mine has flown by so far, but it's not over yet. I jetted out of town early this morning for a weekend trip to NYC. My first stop in the city will be the Fox News studio to chat with Neil Cavuto live on air. Next, I plan to spend the afternoon hitting up a few shopping destinations followed by a lengthy dinner at my favorite New York Italian food joint. I can't wait. Finally, the weekend wouldn't be complete without an early Saturday morning stop at the Fox and Friends studio. 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Nurse Practitioners

Have you read Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? I first picked up the book the summer I graduated from college. Finding it chock full of words of wisdom applicable to all of life's stages, I have revisited the read several times since. Covey's words have natural career applications, and as nurse practitioners we can all benefit from looking at his advice in light of our profession. 

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