Showing posts from: July 2016

Summer Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of Snakebites

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, where snakes are common, but not a health hazard, I rarely think about the possibility of snakebite emergencies. Now, living in Tennessee, things are different. There are a number of venomous snakes indigenous to the United States. Summertime, when outdoor activities, like wading in creeks and working in fields is common, snakes do pose a potentially serious danger. The other day while I was working in the emergency department, a patient arrived with the first serious snakebite we have seen this summer, prompting me to brush up on my envenomation know-how. 

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Charitable Care Clinics Rely on Nurse Practitioner Volunteers

With student loan payments looming and work schedules demanding of our time, as nurse practitioners, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to give back. But, there are many clinics out there that rely on volunteer providers to care for their patients. Last month, I talked with the Tennessee Charitable Care Network, one such entity that supports community health clinics offering services for low-income and uninsured individuals, as well as underserved populations in the state. Part of the organization's responsibility is to help identify providers willing to donate their time to such clinics.

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CRNA Salaries by State: How Does Your Compensation Compare?

Nurse anesthetists are top earners in the advanced practice field. While average CRNA salaries consistently top those for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, there is also significant variability when it comes to compensation within the profession itself. Local laws and the job market, for example, affect salaries for nurse anesthetists across state lines. How do average CRNA salaries compare by state?

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The 'How Nurse Practitioners Actually Get a Paycheck' Flowchart

When I first started my nurse practitioner education, I didn't think much about billing and coding. My focus was on learning and retaining clinical content rather than material related to the business side of medicine. As I proceeded through my NP program clinicals, however,I became aware of the complicated system by which charts are coded. One afternoon, I was even assigned by a preceptor to contact insurance companies to collect on past due payments. 

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5 Pieces of Advice for Being a Competitive Accelerated NP Program Applicant

Whatever you call them, accelerated nurse practitioner programs, bridge programs, or MEPN programs, are a quick way for students without a healthcare background to become nurse practitioners (see more about How to Become a Nurse Practitioner Without Nursing Experience). These programs are typically two to three years long, and confer both a RN and MSN degrees. There are very few of these programs in the country, meaning a competitive admissions process for interested applicants. How do you make yourself stand out among the pack?

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5 Online Trauma CME Resources for Nurse Practitioners

The hospital where I work has recently upped it's trauma level status. So, it has come to my attention, there is now a trauma-related continuing education requirement for nurse practitioners working in the emergency department. My continuing education hours necessary for certification have already been completed, so, in the interest of maximizing my budget, I prefer to meet this new trauma requirement at low or no cost. Fortunately, I was able to identify a few budget-friendly trauma CME resources available to nurse practitioners online. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 7.14.16

Happy (almost) weekend! I'm excited for a well-balanced time at home over the next few days. A few social events and a handful of projects around the house should keep me just the right amount of busy. If you've got a little down time this afternoon, kick off your weekend by checking out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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How Do NP, PA, and CRNA Salaries Compare by Region?

If you're an advanced practice provider, the location where you practice can make a significant difference in your compensation. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetist salaries vary significantly by state. Given that some providers prefer not to limit themselves to a single state when it comes to their careers, looking at how salaries vary by geographic region can also be helpful. 

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For Employers: The Nurse Practitioner Onboarding Checklist

If you're an employer who hires advanced practice providers, you're well aware of the challenges associated with onboarding a new nurse practitioner or physician assistant. The NP or PA many times must complete their own certification and licensure process. Then, credentialing resumes. Not only must the proper paperwork be submitted to state boards of medicine and nursing, as well as payers, the provider also needs an introduction to your practice. Without systems in place for the advanced practice provider onboarding process, something is bound to fall through the cracks. 

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11 Beach Reads for Nurse Practitioners that Make Summer Even Better

How's your summer going? Mine has been pretty action packed, so most of my pleasure 'reading' has been in the form of audio book. In a few weeks, however, I will be heading to the lake with family for vacation and I'm in the market for a few beach reads to enjoy for the week. If you're also a nurse practitioner who could also use some summer reading material, check out these beach reads for NPs (in no particular order). 

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What Would Colorado's Proposed Health System Mean for NPs?

In my last post, I discussed Amendment 69, legislation proposed to bring universal healthcare to Colorado residents. If approved in the November election, the amendment would make Colorado the first state with a single-payer healthcare system. Politicians in Colorado have varied opinions on the amendment, and spirited debate surrounds its presence on the ballot. Not only are politicians talking pros and cons of single-payer systems, healthcare providers also stand to be significantly impacted with the passing of proposed legislation. What could a single-payer system mean for Colorado's nurse practitioners?

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An Interesting Turn of Events for Healthcare in Colorado

While the November election this year has the media talking Trump, Sanders, and Clinton, there's a lesser known issue on the ballot in one state. Colorado's Amendment 69 proposes a statewide, single-payer healthcare system for the Rocky Mountain State. Should the amendment pass, the healthcare system in Colorado will see massive, widespread changes to healthcare delivery. The vote stands not only to affect nurse practitioners practicing in Colorado, but also those working in neighboring states, or states whose governments may follow suit. 

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