Showing posts from: October 2016

Documenting a Respiratory Exam - Just the Basics

A physical exam of the chest includes both the heart and lungs, which can each be quite complex in themselves. So, for our purposes, we'll break the exam and documentation of the chest down into its components. Continuing our MidlevelU series on documentation basics, today we'll look at how to document an exam of the respiratory system. 

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How to Make the EpiPen Affordable for Your Patients

In recent months, drug company Mylan increased the price for its EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. 2-Paks to $600 plus; an estimated 400% increase compared to its original cost of around $100 in 2007. The skyrocketed cost has sparked outrage amongst consumers. The controversy has even made its way up to Congress and continues to unfold weekly. In the midst of the EpiPen controversy, how can nurse practitioners make sure their patients can afford the life-saving drug?

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Are Too Many Nurse Practitioners Looking for 'Glam' Jobs?

I recently spoke with a nurse practitioner faculty member at a well respected university. This particular faculty member was quite friendly and we began discussing her background. She had worked as a nurse practitioner in community health for a number of years. Eventually, she decided to branch out in her career by adding a teaching component to her resume. Throughout her years of teaching, she made an interesting observation. 

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The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to the 2016 Flu Shot

It's that time of year again, folks! The weather is crisp and leaves are beginning to fall from the trees. Yes, it's flu shot season. In the emergency department where I work, we've already seen a handful of patients test positive for influenza. So, it looks like the flu could come early this year. As a result, nurse practitioners should encourage patients to get vaccinated sooner rather than later. What do NPs need to know about the 2016-2017 flu shot?

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The Southwest's PA Programs Without a Direct Patient Care Hours Requirement

Are you thinking about becoming a physician assistant? If so, as you begin to look at your options for education, you'll notice that a large number of PA programs require direct patient care experience as an admissions requirement. In some cases, schools may ask for thousands of hours of experience precluding many aspiring PAs from submitting an application. If your time working in healthcare has been limited, check out these physician assistant programs in the southwest region that do not require direct patient care experience to apply. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 10.7.16

Well, hello! Are you as excited for the weekend as I am? A cling-on upper respiratory infection has me feeling exhausted and under the weather this morning, I'm definitely ready for a day off. Not to mention, I'm excited to take advantage of this amazing fall weather before Hurricane Matthew's stormy remnants make it northward to Nashville. On the calendar for the weekend are a brunch and yard game tournament as well as an outing to a local vineyard for some wine tasting. What's on your agenda?

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Documenting a Neuro Exam, Decoded

A neuro exam is one of the more complex body systems to master when it comes to assessment and documentation. Testing the cranial nerves, for example, takes practice. Omitting a small part of the process can mean missing a potentially serious diagnosis. Given the importance of the neurological exam, today as part of our documentation series, we're going to look at exactly how to record your exam findings. 

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The Rules for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job While Pregnant

Addressing the bump in the room

Is your family growing? If you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, there's a lot to plan, particularly if you're also considering a career transition. Should you tell a prospective employer about your pregnancy, or keep it covered up? If you're already showing, how will employers react to the obvious sign that you're about to take a maternity leave?

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Thinking About a Nurse Practitioner Residency?

Learn more about Midlevels for the Medically Underserved in our upcoming webinar!

If you're thinking about applying for a nurse practitioner residency, we hope you're considering Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). MMU is a learning adventure for less experienced NPs looking for support in their first year of practice. 

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No Direct Patient Care Hours? No Problem!

West Coast Physician Assistant Programs that Don't Require Experience

If you're looking at physician assistant schools, you've likely noticed that most require applicants to have healthcare experience. And, not just any experience. PA schools typically require that students have direct patient care experience and have several restrictions as to what kinds of experience qualify, and which do not. 

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The Essentials of Documenting an Extremity Exam

Today, we're continuing our series on documentation with the extremities. From orthopedic injuries, to infection, and symptoms of systemic illness, there's a wide range of findings you may note on an exam of the upper and/or lower extremities. Documenting these findings appropriately is important not only to the continuity of care for your patient, but also to protect yourself legally as a provider and justify your treatment plan. So, how do you document an extremity exam?

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How Many Patients Should FNPs Expect to Treat per Hour?

Nurse practitioner students and practicing nurse practitioners alike often wonder what the standard is when it comes to how many patients NPs should be expected to treat per hour. New grad FNPs want to know what to expect as they apply for positions. Practicing nurse practitioners want to be sure they are keeping up with expectations but aren't being overworked by an employer. So, is there a magic number when it comes to the standard patient load for family nurse practitioners?

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