Showing posts from: September 2016

Telehealth: Can NPs Treat Out-of-State Patients?

The expansion of telehealth has a number of positive implications for nurse practitioners. It can mean the ability to work from home, providing patient care from a computer screen. Telehealth helps nurse practitioners interact with patients who may have barriers to receiving care in the traditional clinic or hospital setting. Technically, the technology opens up a much wider patient population to the nurse practitioner, as close geographic proximity is not required to interact with the patient. But, is it legal for NP to treat out-of-state patients on telehealth platforms?

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The Skinny on Documenting an Abdominal Exam

If you're a newer nurse practitioner, chances are you may find documentation a challenge, especially if you don't have an electronic medical records system prompting the input of your physical exam findings. Documentation is key to continuity of care for your patients, as well as to protecting yourself should questions arise about the patient encounter. Given the importance of this foundational skill, we're going to spend some time covering how to document a physical exam, system-by-system (in no particular order) over the next few weeks here on MidlevelU. 

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5 Fantastic Resources for Women's Health Nurse Practitioners

If you're a women's health nurse practitioner, or an NP that sees patients for issues related to reproductive health, you're in luck. There are a number of online resources out there to make your job easier. Whether you're looking to keep up with the latest treatment guidelines, or stash a few quality handouts for your patients, there's a website to help. Here are a few of our favorites. 

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Can U.S. Certified Nurse Practitioners Work in Germany?

From the Virgin Islands to Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, we've been talking international practice here at MidlevelU over the past few weeks. If you're a nurse practitioner certified in the United States, taking your career abroad may be an exciting option. Countries around the world are increasingly recognizing the nurse practitioner profession and implementing NPs into their healthcare systems. Today, let's take a look at how nurse practitioners certified in the U.S. can work in Germany. 

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Do's and Don'ts of the Nurse Practitioner Job Interview

Whenever I get dressed for a job interview, I feel like an awkward middle schooler. Given my penchant for wearing clothing without a waistband (i.e. scrubs), professional dress just seems awkward. The shoulder pads in my go-to blazer make me claustrophobic. The black pants I leave hanging in my closet for such occasions hit my ankles at what seems like all the wrong places. It's safe to say I hate wearing a suit. But, to secure the perfect job it can be essential to brave such fashion ventures and pull it together professionally in order to ace an interview. 

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A Little Midweek NP Comic Relief

Back to school season has the ER hopping these days. Stomach viruses and step throat are making their annual appearances while warm weather continues to bring droves of ambulances carrying injured patients through the siding glass doors of the emergency department. After my shifts these days, I could use a break.

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On the Ballot: Healthcare at the Polls 2016

Did you watch last night's presidential debate? I missed most of the spectacle as I was working in the emergency department, but I was able to catch a few snippets here and there. Not only do we all have a civic duty to vote this upcoming November,as nurse practitioners, we have an added stake in the political game. Our careers are significantly affected by political decisions, directly or indirectly, so it's important to know where candidates stand when it comes to healthcare. This election season, there's the choice of president to consider, along with a few important state initiatives on the ballot. What do you as a nurse practitioner need to know as you cast your vote?

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Chasing Unicorns: Does the Perfect NP Job Exist?

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon dreading work. It wasn't really the work that had me feeling down, but more the thought of staying up all night, the impending sleep deprivation and the feeling of missing out on some quality lazy-weekend time with my friends and family. Upon my arrival in the emergency department, I immediately stepped into my role soon forgetting the soup-eating and rainy evening TV watching I was missing. 

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Nurse Practitioners Average Six-Figure Salaries in These States

Salaries for nurse practitioners in nearly every state are on the rise. As the role of nurse practitioners expands and the need for healthcare in the U.S. increases, NPs become a more valuable asset and stand to profit. While the average nurse practitioner salary is between $90,000 and $95,000 nationally depending on who you ask, some states come out ahead of this mark. Where can nurse practitioners earn the most?

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Weekend Wrap Up 9.25.16

Ahhh...lazy Sundays are simply the best. While I have gotten a few things accomplished on my 'to-do' list, I kicked of the morning with cold pizza for breakfast in true 'do whatever you want, it's the weekend' style. As an added bonus, unseasonably warm fall weather has made poolside lounging and burger grilling possible this afternoon. I couldn't ask for a more relaxing way to get a little R&R in preparation for the craziness of the upcoming work week. If you could use some reading material for your Sunday pleasure, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Not Your Mom's Compression Socks

I'm publishing this post at high risk of losing all fashion credibility. My cool points are definitely on the decline. I'm pretty sure my mom wears compression socks. My grandmother definitely wore them. While supportive hosiery is certainly not a fashion statement most of us want to make, as nurse practitioners on our feet sometimes we must sacrifice looking good for feeling good. 

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Can You Afford to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

You're no longer a college student so you've become accustomed to eating steak for dinner rather than ramen and ordering cocktails at happy hour instead of sipping PBR. You might even have a mortgage, or a child's future educational expenses to plan for. As we go through life, our budgets become more complex, and often more stretched. This makes determining if you can afford to become a nurse practitioner a difficult calculation. 

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