Showing posts from: November 2016

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer

If you’ve recently been on the receiving end of a nurse practitioner job offer, congrats! While the chance to start a new opportunity is exciting don’t let your enthusiasm get in the way of critically thinking through your offer. Receiving a nurse practitioner job offer may seem like the end of your job search, but it’s really the beginning of a long process of soul-searching and analysis - even if you plan to accept the opportunity. 

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Oh, $@#*%! 5 Steps to Take After Making a Medical Error

We've all been there...on the guilty end of making a mistake when it comes to caring for our patients. Whether you prescribed an antibiotic to which the patient was allergic, performed a less than adequate procedure or misdiagnosed a medical condition, nurse practitioners and physician assistants aren't perfect. Mistakes are to be expected. We are, after all, human. But, when working with patients even the smallest of errors can have major consequences. What steps should you take when you totally screw up?

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What Is MACRA, Anyway?

Just when you though reimbursement couldn't get more complicated...

Most of us as nurse practitioners don't entirely understand how we're paid. Sure, our employer cuts us a check once or twice a month. But, what I'm talking about here isn't wages, rather reimbursement. Our employers must seek reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies for the services we render as NPs. 

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A Giveaway(!) to Celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week

How is your Nurse Practitioner Week going? Mine has been, well, stressful. Not exactly the way I wanted to celebrate our profession, but it's part of the job! I hope Nurse Practitioner Week 2016 has been a good one for you, and that you've been able to take a little time to reflect on just why you love being an NP. I also highly recommend using the occasion as an excuse to book an appointment at the spa...

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Interview With an Oncology Nurse Practitioner

One of my best friends, college roommate and fellow nurse practitioner, Jennifer, enjoys a thriving career as an oncology NP. With eight years of experience as an oncology nurse practitioner she has worked with numerous cancer patients and held some pretty interesting jobs. For those of you considering a career as an oncology nurse practitioner or who are simply interested in the nurse practitioner profession as a whole, she has agreed to help us learn more by answering a few questions about her own experiences.

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Bottoms Up! 8 Themed Cocktails for Nurse Practitioner Week

It's officially National Nurse Practitioner Week! How do you plan to celebrate? We figure the occasion is definitely an excuse for NPs to get together after work to share a cocktail and celebrate their accomplishments. To kick off this week's festivities, we've come up with a few nursing-appropriate concoctions. Gin and colonic, anyone?

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How Accurate are Rapid Strep Tests?

With an estimated seven million Americans seeking medical treatment for sore throats annually, it’s a safe bet that as a nurse practitioner you will treat your fair share of patients with swollen glands and tonsils. Sore throats are often the first sign of an impending illness; but sudden and severe sore throats combined with fever are the telltale sign of a more serious, yet common illness known as Group A Streptococcus or strep pharyngitis. With just one in ten cases of pharyngitis caused by strep, how do you make an accurate diagnosis?

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The State of the Nurse Practitioner Profession

In this highly political climate, and in recognition of Nurse Practitioner Week, I think it's important that we take a minute to look at the state of the nurse practitioner profession in our country. What changes were made to scope of practice legislation in 2016? What changes can we expect on the horizon? Nurse practitioners' ability to practice is highly dependent on state legislation. So, as NPs we must keep up to date with the latest in politics. How does the NP profession look in 2016?

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Happy Nurse Practitioner Week + Giveaway!

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week 2016! I hope you have been adequately appreciated, loved, and adored by those close to you. Or, maybe all you've received in the way of recognition is some extra spam emails from healthcare vendors. If so, perk up because we've got a few companies who've lined up to say "Thank You" to NPs in honor of Nurse Practitioner Week with free stuff. 

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Does a Full Moon Really Make Patients Crazy?

Working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, I've heard many a busy shift blamed on a full moon. A night shift with an abnormally high number of psychiatric patients is likely to be linked to the lunar cycle - in the minds of ER staff, at least. Tonight's full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the sky than it has in nearly 70 years. So, I'm a little concerned about what this 'supermoon' will cause my shift to look like around 2am. Does a full moon really affect human behavior?

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The RVU: Who, When, Why and How?

Do you really understand how you're paid? As nurse practitioners, many of us are paid based on productivity, essentially the revenue we bring in to our practice. Such compensation structures are based on the RVU, or relative value unit. Those of us paid on productivity compensation models have a basic understanding of how this system works. At the most basic level, Medicare and other payers reimburse medical providers for the services they provide based on a given numerical value assigned to each service type. 

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#Adulting Professionalism as a Young Nurse Practitioner

The emergency department where I work is freezing cold. I mean freezing. Summer in Tennessee where I live commonly sees temperatures in the upper 90's, however, I can still be spotted carrying a fleece jacket with me into work. The other evening while pulling an overnight shift, I glanced at myself in the mirror. Fuzzy pull-on fleece over my scrubs, minimal make-up, and hair in a messy bun had me looking a little disheveled. 24 hours without sleep wasn't helping the picture. 'Professional' was not a word I would use to describe my appearance. 

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