Showing posts from: December 2016

This Year's Most Loved Articles for Wannabe NPs

Are you thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner? The decision to advance your career or make a career change is a big one. It means investing time and likely tens of thousands of dollars into your education. As you consider making the move, researching your decision in advance will help prevent mistakes many soon-to-be nurse practitioners make. So, to help you get the knowledge you need as you think about becoming a nurse practitioner, here are our top blog posts from 2016 for wannabe NPs. 

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10 Popular Reads about NP & PA Salaries in 2016

We're back at it with the best-of's here at MidlevelU. To ring in the New Year, we're taking a look back at the most popular blog posts of 2016. It seems the nurse practitioner and physician assistants out there like to read about money (we're with you). Articles about salary consistently made an appearance on our most popular blog post rankings over the past 12 months. Here were your favorites.

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2016's Most Helpful Posts for Nurse Practitioner Students

Forget the parties (but maybe not the champagne), in my opinion there's no better way to ring in the New Year than with Top 10 of [insert soon to be complete year here] articles. I love taking a look back and reminiscing about the past twelve months. So, in true New Year's fashion, this week on MidlevelU we will be featuring our best of's from 2016. Presenting today's list - 2016's most helpful blog posts for nurse practitioner students. 

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5 Personal Nurse Practitioner Lessons from 2016

2016 has been an interesting year for me both personally and professionally. On the home front, I have encountered some unexpected challenges that forced my attention away from work towards myself and my family. At the same time, MidlevelU has also grown to 100,000 readers strong, launched a residency-like program for NPs, Midlevels for the Medically Underserved, and continued to expand its online offerings. I've got a great team to help out with these projects, but still the year has certainly seemed like a whirlwind! While unanticipated events caused the year to have its share of ups and downs, expectedly these challenges have led to personal and professional growth. 

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Medical Assistance in Flight: What's Your Liability Risk?

Last week I was sitting on a flight back to Nashville eyes shut and drooling on my inflatable neck pillow when I felt a friend tap me on a shoulder. "The flight attendants are asking for someone who can offer medical assistance to a passenger" she said. These kinds of situations always make me nervous. 

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How Well Do You Know Your Injectable Anesthetics?

A significant part of my job as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department is performing procedures. At any given time during my shift, you're likely to find me gathering supplies for an I&D, placing a few sutures to close a laceration, reducing a dislocation, or removing a pesky foreign body from the bottom of a patient's foot. Needless to say, I use a lot of injectable anesthetics. 

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8 Brainy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

As a nurse practitioner student, I would often create my own study mnemonics. My efforts were met with varied rates of success. At times, my attempts resulted in such hair-brained sentences that I couldn't recall the mnemonic itself come test time, much less what it's words represented. Ultimately, I opted for tried and true memory tools recommended by instructors and other students. Final exams are just around the corner, so if you're a nurse practitioner student consider adding the following neurology mnemonics to your test taking strategy. 

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What's the Average Hourly Wage for Nurse Practitioners?

Many of us as nurse practitioners are not salaried employees. We may work unconventional schedules that don't lend themselves to tabulating compensation on an annualized basis. Or, we may work less than full-time, picking up a shift here and there, making hourly pay more practical. How much should you expect to earn per hour working as a nurse practitioner? 

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Best Gifts for the Wine-Loving Nurse Practitioner

How do you unwind after a long day at the clinic or hospital? Maybe you go for a walk or jog. Perhaps you cook a gourmet(ish) meal. Or, maybe you don't get to kick back until you crawl under the covers for some sweet, sweet sleep. One sure recipe for a relaxing evening is, of course, pouring a tall glass of vino. Whether you prefer merlot or chardonnay, if you've got a nurse practitioner on your list this year, wine accessories can make the perfect gift. 

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Making Merry: Hospital Decor for Nurse Practitioners

One of the downsides of life as a nurse practitioner is the requirement to work holidays. In anticipation of time off for the Christmas holiday, I crammed a few weeks worth of overnight shifts into one lengthy stretch leaving my brain foggy and my energy level low. There's something extra draining about working odd hours while the rest of the world seems to be out celebrating.

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Yes, You Can Deliver a Plan of Care with Confidence

Do you ever feel awkward as a nurse practitioner when you give a patient a diagnosis and begin to discuss next steps? Maybe you are a new grad and aren't entirely sure what the next steps should entail. Or, perhaps a definitive diagnosis hasn't been determined, and you're worried your patient will find you inadequate if you can't deliver the exact answer to their problem. Or, maybe the plan of care for your patient is one they will not be happy with, so you are anxious about sharing the information. Whatever the reason for your hesitation, it can be difficult at times to have confidence as a nurse practitioner. 

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The 411 on Documenting a HEENT Exam

If you're a nurse practitioner student or new grad NP, documenting a patient encounter can be a bit of a struggle. You need to present your patient in a manner such that other providers can glance at the chart and pick up where you left off. You must also provide sufficient documentation so that you can justify your decision making should questions about the care you provided arise. Completing charts in a time efficient manner is no easy task, particularly early in your nurse practitioner career. 

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