Showing posts from: September 2016

What is a Rust Ring and How Do You Remove It?

Have I mentioned before that I hate treating ophthalmology problems? Well, that and testicular diagnoses. In each case, the patient only has two of the particular body part and the stakes are, needless to say, high when it comes to getting the right diagnosis. Diagnosing and treating eye related problems doesn't give me quite the amount of anxiety it once did now that I am more seasoned in my practice. So, I do enjoy treating the occasional ocular foreign body- as long as I can successfully remove it, that is. 

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Top 3 Reasons You Should Apply to the MMU Nurse Practitioner Residency

If you are have graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2017, it's not too early to start thinking about the next steps in your career. Where will you find a job? How will you get the support you need as an inexperienced provider in your new position?

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5 Things to Know Before Accepting a 1099 NP Position

I've held various positions, both as a W-2 employee and a 1099 independent contractor throughout my years as a nurse practitioner. My PRN side jobs have been accompanied by employment agreements as a contracted worker while my more permanent nurse practitioner positions have been held on W-2 status. 

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Tips for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Out-of-State

Relocating? Looking for a job in another state, or even across a state, can be a frustrating process. Scheduling interviews becomes a hassle, and employers seem hesitant to hire a candidate residing elsewhere. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 9.8.16

Happy, happy Friday! The short work week has whizzed by. Given my habit of planning overly ambitious weekend activities, I'm heading out of town this afternoon to go camping. I can't wait to get a campfire going and to taste my first s'mores of 2016. Mmmm, delish. You can't beat a dinner consisting of chocolate, marshmallows, and red wine. What are you up to this weekend? If the workday afternoon is dragging on, check out these medical news articles on the lighter side to help pass the time. 

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How Can Nurse Practitioners Work in the British Virgin Islands?

We're talking surf, sand, and sun this week on MidlevelU. The long holiday weekend is making it difficult to snap out of vacation mode. So, we've decided to focus on how NPs can take their careers to popular vacation destinations. Earlier, we discussed how nurse practitioners can work in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today, let's take a look at how nurse practitioners can take their careers to a similar tropical location, the British Virgin Islands. 

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How to Work as a Nurse Practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Over the past year or so, I've had a few nurse practitioners ask about how NPs can work in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I had never considered taking my career outside of the states to a U.S. territory. Not a bad idea... Whether it’s the lure of 133 square miles of pure tropical oasis right outside your doorstep or the opportunity to provide healthcare to a medically underserved population, practicing as a nurse practitioner in the U.S. Virgin Islands can be very appealing. And along with teaching, healthcare jobs are in constant demand as one of the USVI’s major occupations.

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7 Ways to Beat Post-Vacation Nurse Practitioner Stress

I dread nothing more than returning to work after vacation. More than likely, I've forgotten my password to log in to the hospital's EMR system meaning my first day back kicks off with a call to IT. The days and weeks after holidays are among the highest volume in the emergency department. So, returning from vacation means snapping our of relaxation mode, and fast. Brutal. Then, there's always the fact that the first shift after returning from out-of-town to an empty fridge at home means a mediocre lunch of pretzels (at best) to sustain me through my shift. If you've been enjoying a relaxing holiday weekend, how do you get back to reality and avoid post-vacation nurse practitioner stress?

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How Long Should You Wait to Start Working After NP Graduation?

Most nurse practitioner students maintain jobs as nurses, at least in some capacity, throughout the course of their education. While this is beneficial in that it provides an income during graduate school, the comfort of a reliable job can cause some new nurse practitioners to delay the search for an NP position. Just how long is it OK to wait to find a job working as a nurse practitioner once you finish NP school?

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Weekend Wrap Up 9.5.16

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I’ve been celebrating the very American end of summer holiday overseas in Iceland where I significantly underestimated just how chilly 40 degree temperatures can feel. For me, the last week has been spend hiking, dining on a tasty array of fresh seafood, and taking in the sights the city of Reykjavik has to offer. Apologies for the delay in posting this week’s news review, I also overestimated the amount of time I would have to work during my vacation. So, without further ado, if you could use some reading material for what’s left of the long weekend, check out this week’s more interesting medical news stories. 

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What's it Like Speaking for Pharma as a Nurse Practitioner?

Back in my primary care days, which also coincided with my penny-pinching new gad period of life, I was wowed by the pharmaceutical industry. Drug reps provided the clinic where I worked with an endless array of snacks and daily lunches. I was invited to talks, which I frequently attended, at trendy restaurants. While these talks were certainly delivered with an agenda in mind, I quite enjoyed them - and not just for the free filet mignon. 

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