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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Do You Give Your Family and Friends Medical Advice?

My father is a physician, so I was used to family and friends constantly calling our home asking a health question or two. As a kid, I enjoyed the benefits of having a parent in healthcare. I rarely went to my pediatrician, and rather was diagnosed with a viral illness here and there from the comfort of our living room sofa. Over the counter medications along with a prescription or two, were stockpiled in our cabinets. I was even taken in the back entrance of the hospital for an off-the-record X-ray or two after sports related injuries. 

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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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Decoding Nurse Practitioner Specialty Grey Areas

How do you choose the right specialty?

Even if you're confident in the setting in which you plan to work, choosing a nurse practitioner specialty is a major gray area. There's significant overlap between broader NP specialties, which can be confusing for students planning to further their nursing education. If you want to work as a hospitalist nurse practitioner, for example, should you choose the family, acute care, or adult NP specialty? If your dream is to work in the emergency department, is family or acute care the right path towards achieving your dreams?

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3 Apps to Help Your Patients With Medication Management

Even though I have been a nurse practitioner for a number of years, I don't think I ever fully appreciated how difficult it can be for patients to manage a medication regimen until recently. Given that a few individuals close to myself have found themselves in similar situations, prescribed numerous meds, the problem now seems closer to home. Some drugs must be taken with food, and others without. Medications may be prescribed one, two, three, or even four times a day making taking each pill at the appropriate time nearly impossible. In yet other cases, drugs must be refrigerated, which makes taking them on the go a challenge. 

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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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