Showing posts from: June 2016

Up for Interpretation: Are Nurse Practitioners Required to Use Translators?

Have you ever had a text message conversation that came across totally wrong? Maybe the words in the message were in all the appropriate places, but the underlying tone was not conveyed as intended? Communication is complex, consisting not only of words, but also tone and body language. As nurse practitioners, we face even greater struggles getting the message across as we must communicate detailed medical concepts in a way that makes sense to those without a health education. The equation becomes even more complex when crossing cultural communication boundaries. 

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7 Outstanding FNP Programs in the Southern States

If you'd talked to me when I was applying to nurse practitioner programs, there's no way I would have ever thought I would stay in Tennessee following my time at Vanderbilt University. However, the South wooed me with its charm, Nashville truly a gem nestled in the middle of Tennessee's rolling hills. I have grown to love the South, its rich history paired with upcoming hotspots. If you could see yourself spending some time in the southern states for your education, consider these outstanding family nurse practitioner programs. 

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How to Find a Clinical Preceptor for Your Nurse Practitioner Program

As a nurse practitioner student you've got a lot riding on your clinical placements. A timely graduation, not to mention your education, depend on this critical piece of your NP program. While some schools assign clinical sites to nurse practitioner students, others leave NPs to find clinical preceptors on their own. This can be a frustrating task.  

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Are You Following These 4 Practical Prescribing Principles?

Most often, when I read research articles, I find them interesting, but not directly applicable to my practice. Or, the article presents an interesting perspective, however the research is young and not widely tested. Recently, however, a journal article was recommended to me that proved to be practical and directly applicable to my work as a nurse practitioner. The article? Principles of Conservative Prescribing published in the Archives of Internal Medicine

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Tricks of the Trade: Epistaxis Management

Raise your hand if you hate treating nose bleeds! Whenever I see 'epistaxis' pop up as a chief complaint on my computer in the emergency department, I head straight for the restroom...maybe by the time I return, another provider will have picked up the chart... Some nose bleeds resolve quickly with just a few sprays of Afrin, but those that don't can be tricky to treat. Not to mention, patients generally don't appreciate having tampon-like devices shoved up their nares. Here are a few tips and tricks for treating epistaxis in your practice.

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.17.16

Happy Friday, folks! This week sure has whizzed by. I have to say, after a few out of town stints, it has been nice to have a full work week back at home and feel a semblance of routine returning. This weekend I plan to take on a few house projects. I'm most excited to see how my bathroom paint job turns out, and least looking forward to cleaning out the garage. What's on your agenda for the next few days?

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Finding Mid-Career Inspiration as a Nurse Practitioner

I must be in a mushy mood of some sort, because all I can think to write about today is the 'softer' side of the nurse practitioner career. I haven't had a bad day in the emergency department recently, nor am I feeling burnt out in general. Everything is just fine. And, maybe that's my non-problem.

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Nurse Practitioners: Could Your Workspace Use an Overhaul?

Recently, I hired an interior designer to help decorate my living room. Eight years into the workforce, the grad school couch that was chronically spilling it's foam stuffing in clumps onto the floor had gotten the best of me. I avoided spending time in my living room as the space stressed me out rather than helped me kick back and relax with my feet up on the coffee table. While my decision to go full bore with living room decor seemed a bit extravagant, it was totally worth it. 

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Non-Solicitation Clause: Is One Hiding in Your NP Employment Agreement?

I’ve mentioned before, that thinking through how your nurse practitioner job will end is perhaps even more important than negotiating how it will begin. As you review any employment agreement, it’s imperative that you consider the implications of restrictive covenants like non-compete clauses. Such terms limit how and where you can practice when you leave the employer in question. 

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200 Action Words That Will Make Your Nurse Practitioner Resume Shine

We get a lot of requests for resume help from nurse practitioners here at MidlevelU. Many of these requests involve questions about how to describe prior employment, experiences, and achievements on a resume. Just how much detail should nurse practitioners include? How should such descriptions be worded?

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We're Going Crazy for Summertime Clogs

It's hot here in Tennessee this week. And I mean hot. As a result of the toasty temperatures, I dread putting on my hospital garb as I walk out the door for an emergency department shift. Donning full-on clogs just seems so much less appealing than flip flops when it's nearly 100 degrees outside. Such is the life of a hospital employee. While I may not be able to sport open-toed shoes as a nurse practitioner, there are several fun clog offerings out there to ring in summertime. 

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Obtaining a California Nurse Practitioner License in 8 Painful Steps

As the kickoff to Midlevels for the Medically Underserved nears, our participating nurse practitioners are facing the NP certification and licensure process. If you're a new grad nurse practitioner, you're likely in a similar place. Approaching the process in an efficient, organized manner ensures you keep your job search and start date on track. A lack of understanding of the licensure process for nurse practitioners wastes precious time. 

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