Showing posts from: May 2016

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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Weekend Wrap Up 5.8.16

I kicked off last weekend with a double date. My husband and I enjoyed dinner with some of our most favorite friends. Our conversation centered around an Arianna Huffington talk the other couple had recently attended. Apparently, Arianna has made herself an expert on sleep, and is traveling the country spreading the message of her love for zzz's. Ironically, the following six nights I found myself painfully sleep deprived, the topic of our conversation taunting me periodically throughout the week. 

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8 Great East Coast FNP Programs

Do you have what it takes to brave bitter cold winters? Do you have the boundless energy required to keep up with the NYC lifestyle? What about the stereotypical go get 'em attitude of our East Coast friends? If you see yourself fitting in in the northeast, check out our picks for the best Family Nurse Practitioner programs in the region. 

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Are Preceptors Liable for the Actions of Nurse Practitioner Students?

We've all experienced the awkwardness of clinical learning as nurse practitioner students. Mastering the skill set required to work as an NP means practicing on real, live patients even before you are considered proficient at that skill. Anxious, you stutter and sweat as you explain the procedure to the patient, the more experienced eye (hopefully!) of your preceptor looking over your shoulder. 

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Can Nurse Practitioners Administer Botox?

An increasing number of medical practices are adding cosmetic procedures to their menu of services. These procedures, such as administering Botox and dermal fillers, can significantly boost revenue and are relatively simple to perform. Patients pay for them in cash eliminating the paperwork and headache that comes with billing insurance companies. Can nurse practitioners get in on this practice opportunity?

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5 Questions You Need to Ask in a Nurse Practitioner Program Interview

If you are in the process of applying to nurse practitioner programs, you're being asked a lot of questions. "Tell me about yourself...", "Talk about a time when you overcame a challenge..." and "What kind of nursing experience do you have?" are the types of responses you are thinking through. From filling out your address to drafting a perfectly crafted personal statement, the application process is all about sharing yourself with nurse practitioner program admissions staff. But, there is a time in the admissions process to turn the tables. 

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A Unique Student Loan Repayment Opportunity for Faith-Minded NPs

Have you ever considered medical missions? Whether internationally, or here on the home front, if you are a faith-minded nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to couple your practice with spiritual motivation. There are a number of missions organizations and faith-based health clinics serving populations in need worldwide, the U.S. included. These organizations are in need of healthcare providers committed to their mission to help care for these patients. 

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Overcoming Nurse Practitioner Job Search Rejection

One of the most frustrating parts of a nurse practitioner job search is hearing the word 'No'. Personally, you know you can get the job done. While you may not have the experience required for an advertised opportunity, you have no doubt in your ability to get up to speed quickly. Despite your attempts, your fail to convince your interviewer of the same. Rejection in your nurse practitioner job search can quickly lead to dejection, a sure sign you won't perform at your best in future interview attempts. How do you deal with job search rejection?

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Clinical Pearls for Ear Foreign Body Removal

When I began working in the emergency department, I was surprised the first time I encountered a patient presenting with a case of insect-in-the-ear. Really? It just crawled in there?! Then, the scenario played itself out over and over again. Whether it's an exploring insect, a bead, or a pea that makes its way into a patient's ear canal, as a nurse practitioner you may find yourself removing otic foreign bodies from time to time. While the procedure is usually quite simple, if done improperly serious complications can result. 

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