Showing posts from: November 2016

Are You Eligible for NHSC Loan Repayment Opportunities?

It seems that all nurse practitioner students and new NP grads have heard of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' lucrative National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program. Designed to attract healthcare providers to areas of medical need, the program will pay up to $50,000 towards NP student loans in exchange for 2 years of employment in a medically underserved area. Which nurse practitioners are eligible for these benefits?

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5 Things You Shouldn't Sweat as a Nurse Practitioner New Grad

I remember life as a new graduate nurse practitioner all too painfully well. Upon graduating from my NP program, I squeezed a much needed tropical getaway into the four day break I had between my the end of my academic and beginning of my professional careers. Then, I marched through the tall glass doors of the clinic where I was newly employed ready for day one as a nurse practitioner. 

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3 Ways Student Loan Repayment is Offered to Nurse Practitioners

It's the season of giving but capturing the intended spirit of the holidays may be tough if you're a nurse practitioner saddled with student loan debt. It may seem like all the giving you can do this year is to keep up with loan payments. Paying down student debt and incorporating payments into your family's budget isn't easy. So, this holiday season, give yourself the gift of making sure you're maximizing your loan repayment assistance potential. 

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Googling Your Patients: Right or Wrong?

I'm not a serial patient Googler. Although, after doing a little research for this post, I may just become one. It seems like everyone's conducting online searches on the side these days. While I don't make looking into my patient's backgrounds a habit, I have Googled my patients a time or two. A few months ago, for example, I cared for a guitarist who presented to the emergency department with a finger laceration. He took a few before and after photos of his wound and Tweeted them including my personal Twitter handle. I figured that was permission enough to log onto iTunes and listen to a few of his hits. 

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This NP Owns Her Own Clinic, Could You?

As I walk into East Nashville Family Medicine, it's evident that a lot of work has gone into getting this clinic up and running.  I have worked with Mimi, part owner of the clinic, for a few years now and am excited to hear the story of how she decided to go out on her own.  We order coffee at the shop next door and sit down to chat.  I become even more interested in Mimi's story when she mentions is all starts with, well, poop.

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program this winter, NP residencies are a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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How the Way You are Paid Affects Your NP Job Satisfaction

There are a few different ways nurse practitioners are paid.  No, we don't all earn a flat salary.  Each of these payment models presents unique advantages and disadvantages to the NP.  Let's take a look at how you might be paid as a nurse practitioner and what these payment systems mean for your job satisfaction.

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M.D. vs D.O.: What's the Difference?

Have you ever worked with a D.O.? When I began practicing in the emergency department, there was a clear favorite of mine when it came to which doc I prefered to work with. He was efficient, helpful, and always brightened the mood of the ED. Then, one day I discovered he was not an M.D. but rather a D.O. Not having experience working with D.O.'s, this conjured up all sorts of questions in my mind. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 11.4.16

Friday is here! In just a few short hours, we will officially start the weekend. I'm keeping it low key here in Nashville with dinner plans and chores on the schedule, along with working an evening shift in the emergency department. What are you up to? Enjoying some amazing fall weather and getting some R&R, I hope. If you find yourself with some downtime, check out this week's health news.

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How Long Does it Take to Get an Additional Nurse Practitioner Specialty?

One of the most appealing things about entering the nurse practitioner profession is that there are a variety of specialties to choose from. But, what happens if a few years into your practice you discover that your chosen specialty may not be the right fit for you?

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How Long Will You Feel Overwhelmed as a New Grad Nurse Practitioner?

Does new grad nurse practitioner life have you feeling frantic? Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Doubting your career decision? No matter the number of years you have worked as a nurse, or the caliber of the NP program you attended, it's inevitable that you'll experience these feelings as you begin your nurse practitioner career. You may even feel this way as a more experienced NP in a new setting. When can you expect to feel ease in your new role?

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CE Hours: Which Count for Nurse Practitioner Recertification?

Have you ever wondered if continuing education hours offered by an organization like the American Medical Association (AMA) count towards those required for nurse practitioner recertification? To maintain certification, nurse practitioners must complete a certain number of continuing education hours. With the range of CE providers out there, it can be difficult to know which education activities count toward this requirement. 

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