Showing posts from: May 2016

Everything NPs Need to Know about Treating Warts with Duct Tape

I don't think I've ever used duct tape for its intended purpose. Rather, the several rolls knocking around my garage serve to keep a broken freezer door sealed, a chronically crooked picture frame straight on the wall, and a well loved inflatable pool toy from leaking air. While repair purposes are the most common function for the household essential, duct tape has occasionally appeared as a star on the medical front as well. Survivalists praise the adhesive for its utility when it comes to preventing blisters or splinting sprains, strains, and fractures. A few years ago, duct tape also made a name for itself in the wart removal business. 

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3 Apps That Take Nurse Practitioner Certification Prep Mobile

I have to say, I'm more of a pen and paper kind of studier. The simple act of writing a study guide, or manually shading in the circles for correct responses on a practice exam helps me recall the material more easily come test time. While hands on study sessions are valuable, there's also something to be said for study methods that allow for a quick, impromptu review session. Nurse practitioners preparing to take the certification exam this year may find these apps helpful for taking study sessions mobile. 

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Have Something to Say about Nurse Practitioner Life? Calling for Contributors!

We get emails everyday form MidlevelU readers with something to share. Whether it's frustration over the NP program application process, exhilaration after receiving that first acceptance letter, disappointment when a job isn't all it was cracked up to be, or thoughts on legislation regarding nurse practitioners, we hear you. As nurse practitioners in all phases of our education and careers, we've got something to share. 

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How to Explain a Nurse Practitioner Employment Gap with Ease

Employment gaps happen. And, they don't look good. You may have worked for a clinic that went out of business, leaving you without work. Or, you may have taken a break from your nurse practitioner career to start a family and are looking to reenter the workforce. Poor performance may have gotten you kicked out the door of your last job, and, ready to reform your ways, you are hitting the job search circuit. Whether your career hiatus is for a legitimate, or potentially concerning reason, how do you get employers to give your resume a second look despite a gap on your resume?

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These Psych NP Programs Have a 100% Certification Pass Rate

If you're thinking about going back to school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, there's a lot to consider as you make decisions about your education. Program flexibility, cost, and curriculum all factor in to selecting the best school for your needs. Aside from these more obvious factors, we also suggest prospective nurse practitioners look at the way schools structure clinical placements as well as at the success rate of the program's grads on the national nurse practitioner certification exam. 

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Nurse Practitioner Job Blast: Psychiatric Jobs Coast to Coast!

One thing I've learned in my years practicing as a nurse practitioner is that the company you choose to work for really matters. Yes, patient care takes on a similar form in clinics and hospitals across the country. But, coworkers and company culture are the main drivers of the nurse practitioner work experience. For psychiatric nurse practitioners, one company is making a name for itself as the best place to work. 

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Weekly Wrap Up 5.13.16

Happy Friday! I hope you haven't found yourself hexed on this Friday the 13th. What's on your schedule for the next few days? This weekend I'm staying true to the Nashville spirit, heading to the historic Ryman Auditorium to catch Paul Simon in action. The Ryman is my favorite live music venue in Music City and I jump at any chance I get to see a legend perform. So, I'm counting down the hours to the weekend. If you could use some distraction to get through your Friday, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Last Minute Freebies for Nurses Week

Eesh, you guys. I totally under-celebrated Nurse's Week here at MidlevelU. My apologies. With my attention directed toward a big week for Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, a house reno, and emergency department shifts, I dropped the ball. But, don't worry - there are still a few hours left in the day to celebrate the occasion. Fortunately, many companies planned a far better Nurses Week 2016 throw down than us over here at MidlevelU and are offering free stuff to commemorate nurses. 

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What is Shared Billing and How Does It Affect You as a Nurse Practitioner?

It's easy as a nurse practitioner to go throughout your workday with knowing exactly how you get paid.  Yes, you may understand your basic hourly or salary compensation structure but your employer wouldn't hire you unless you were bringing revenue into the practice.  The rules and regulations surrounding nurse practitioners and billing are quite complex.

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5 TED Talks for NPs & PAs

I recently discovered TED talks.  Being the not-so secret nerd that I am, I watch them on my exercise bike in the morning, sweat dripping onto the keys of my laptop.  Might as well double task working out my mind and body simultaneously.  TED talks are like inspirational crack- I can feel myself peddling faster and faster as I watch the successful share their stories.  They make me want to do something BIG with my life, or at least with my morning workout.

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18 Cardiology Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

Cramming for exams? In my days as a nurse practitioner student, I employed several study tactics to help memorize content for both the certification exam and my NP program finals. Hand made flashcards littered my coffee table. Cheat sheets fell from dilapidated folders in my backpack. My favorite study tactic to fall back on was thinking up (or borrowing) study mnemonics. If you're a nurse practitioner student struggling to study for exams, these cardiac mnemonics just might prevent you from having a finals-induced MI. 

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Happy Nurses Week + FIGS Giveaway

Happy Nurses Week! It's time for us as nurse practitioners to soak up a little praise and get fat on goodies brought to our desks by our bosses. It doesn't get any better than a mid-afternoon cupcake loaded with frosting. Use the occasion as an excuse to pamper yourself outside of the clinic as well. I, for one, am contemplating getting a foot massage in the coming days. There's no better treat with a career on your feet. 

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