Showing posts from: June 2016

Prescribing Controlled Substances: The Course for NPs & PAs

Protect your license, prescribe appropriately

Prescribing controlled substances as nurse practitioners and physician assistants is challenging. Medications for treatment of pain and anxiety, to name a few, are often the key to helping patients find the much needed relief they deserve. However, given the addictive nature of most controlled substances, these drugs are widely sought after and highly regulated. At times, prescribing controlled substances can feel like a morally or professionally compromising situation. 

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These 9 Audio CME Resources Will Change Your Commute

How's your stockpile of continuing education credits looking? As nurse practitioners, we must complete a certain number of hours of continuing education in order to comply with licensure and certification requirements. Fitting these hours in around work and other commitments can be difficult. So, why not complete them during your commute?

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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3 Answers to "How Much Do You Want to Make?"

Talking about money is super awkward. This can be especially true in a job interview setting. You don't want to lose the position by seeming greedy or outlandish, On the other hand, you certainly don't want to sell yourself short with too safe a reply when you're asked "How much do you want to make?". Many employers compensate nurse practitioners a set salary or hourly rate across the board eliminating this awkwardness. Others embrace the negotiation process. If you're in the market for a new nurse practitioner position, it's time to sharpen your interview tactics

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The ABCDEFGHI's of Chest X-Ray Interpretation

Do you really know how to read a chest X-ray? It's important that as nurse practitioners and physician assistants we can scrutinize the quality of chest X-rays an have the skills to interpret this important diagnostic tool. With so many crucial body systems encompassed in one test it's necessary to have a systematic method for approaching chest X-ray interpretation. Fortunately, simply following the first few letters of the alphabet can help.

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6 West Coast FNP Programs to Check Out Right Now

From the rocky shores of Washington State to the sandy beaches of SoCal, the West Coast understandably attracts nurse practitioner students from across the country. What's not to like about attending an NP program near the refreshing waters of the Pacific, where outdoor lovers, beach bums, and some of the brightest healthcare minds in the country converge? If you're looking for a family nurse practitioner program on the Left Coast, check out these six standout picks. 

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Inspiration from a Nursing Graduate to Every Nursing Student

By Olivia DeFilippo, RN and MidlevelU Contributor

They often say that nursing school is one of the hardest things you will ever do. I remember sitting there, terrified, while my teachers told me this on the first day. I looked around the lecture hall thinking “what in the world am I getting myself into?”.

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How Will New Overtime Laws Affect Your Practice?

If you're a nurse practitioner practice owner, you've likely heard about the Department of Labor's new overtime rules. These rules increase the salary threshold for employees eligible to receive overtime pay. Proponents of the new law argue that the DOL's new regulations prevent lower level employees from being taken advantage of by working long hours without fair compensation. Opponents of the ruling argue the new threshold is too high, and that the ruling decreases the number of flexible employment options available to workers, as well as has negative financial and cultural consequences for businesses and employees. 

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Which NP Specialties Have the Highest Malpractice Risk?

Similar to physicians, as healthcare providers, nurse practitioners face the risk of medical malpractice. A missed diagnosis, for example, can have serious consequences for a patient leaving the NP legally liable. There are few studies out there specifically looking at malpractice as it relates to nurse practitioners. The data that does exist, however, is interesting and can give you important insight into your practice. Nurse practitioners working in certain specialties, for example, are more likely to face malpractice lawsuits than others. 

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How Much Paid Time Off Should Nurse Practitioners Expect?

Personally, paid time off (PTO) is a big deal for me as a nurse practitioner. As NPs, our jobs can be demanding and we simply need a break. Not to mention, we often work holidays, weekends, and other odd hours, while professionals in other industries get a break. Vacation days offer nurse practitioners flexibility, and make a significant impact on work-life balance. So, just how many of these precious days should NPs expect?

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.3.16

Have I ever told you all how much I love summertime? It's my jam. From afternoons lounging by the pool to weekend lake trips, or even simply dining al fresco under some twinkle lights, I can't get enough of the outdoors this time of year. The hotter, the better if you ask me. This weekend I'm tagging along on my husband's business trip, joining him in the Golden State. With temperatures in the 90's, I think I'll be doing more pool-dipping than wine tasting this Napa Valley weekend. What are you up to?

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Nursing Student? Just Grin and Bear It. Literally.

By Justine Fischer, Nursing Student and MidlevelU Contributor

Having a rough shift or just a stressful week? With the start of my summer semester in an accelerated nursing program, I definitely am. Always. Have you heard the saying “grin and bear it"? Or, how about, “smiling is contagious”? There is a lot of truth to these cliche sayings. By the end of this post, you will understand how these are applicable to nursing students as well as nurses for lowering stress.

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