Showing posts from: January 2017

X-Ray vs. CT vs. MRI: What's the Difference?

When a child comes in to the clinic after a fall with pain in an extremity, as a nurse practitioner you know what to do. You order an X-ray of the affected area, right? Sometimes, however, selecting the appropriate diagnostic test isn't so simple. Ultimately, test selection depends on the condition(s) you are looking for or trying to rule out as determined by the patient's history and physical exam. If you're not quite sure what to order and when, here are some general differences between common diagnostic imaging tools which may help you make a decision. 

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Are We Asking Too Much of Preceptors?

If you're a nurse practitioner student, or an NP who recalls your grad school days, you know that finding a clinical preceptor can be a total nightmare. Unless you have a number of connections in the healthcare world, convincing a provider to take on the responsibility of training you isn't easy. Patient care and the demands of an employer take precedent over accepting a student, as they should. Even the most altruistic NPs must work - without this they wouldn't be able to serve as preceptors anyway. 

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MD vs. NP vs. PA: Here's How the Number of Clinical Hours Compare

The nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and physician professions each have a unique approach to training. Understanding these approaches to education is important for both employers and individual providers themselves. The way healthcare providers are trained impacts the decisions they make, their legal scope of practice, and the way they are employed and integrated into the healthcare team. Aspiring healthcare providers also must review these different approaches. Which fits best with one's own career timeline?

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Unexpected Considerations for Nurse Practitioners Volunteering Abroad

Whether you are a seasoned nurse practitioner or a new grad looking for an adventure, volunteering abroad is a great experience that is not only beneficial to you, but greatly to the people you’ll help. Underserved communities throughout the developing world are in need of nearly every type of healthcare service, from vaccines to basic health care exams. But lack of access to advanced healthcare as well as extreme poverty make it difficult for people in many countries to get the healthcare services they need.

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These 10 Posts Will Energize Your Nurse Practitioner Career

How are you settling in to 2017? If your New Year's resolutions have already lost momentum and you've already strayed from accomplishing the goals you've set, don't lose heart. Change takes time and accomplishment is always preceded by hard work. To help maintain motivation in your nurse practitioner career as we kick off 2017, check out these top reads from the past year. 

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Info About the New NP Residency in 7 Informative Posts

Are you a nurse practitioner student or new grad thinking about finding employment? For many NPs, jumping into a traditional employment setting can be pretty scary. Seeing high patient volumes and practicing in an environment without much support is difficult when you're just starting out. So, last year we came up with a solution here at MidlevelU. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is a residency-like program for nurse practitioners that helps NPs transition from education to practice. If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out our top informational posts from the past year. 

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3 Things Nurse Practitioners Need to Know Before Volunteering

For nurse practitioners, volunteering is a great way to give back to those in need and can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But with an estimated 15,000 to 19,000 malpractice suits brought against providers each year, willingness to volunteer can understandably be deterred by the potential for being held liable in the event that a patient is harmed. So, how can you lower your liability risk to protect yourself while giving back?

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What's the Difference Between Nurse Corps and NHSC Loan Repayment?

For nurse practitioner students and new grads, it may seem that the light at the end of the loan repayment tunnel will never appear. As if finding your first job as a nurse practitioner isn’t stressful enough, the obligation to pay down mounting student debt post-graduation undoubtedly increases the pressure you’re already under.

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8 Blog Posts for New Grad NPs to Start 2017 Off Right

While the holiday season has officially come to a close, we're continuing our look back at 2016 this week for a few more days. As you get plans in place for your education and career and think about upcoming milestones, we hope these posts will help in anticipation of kicking off your nurse practitioner career. Presenting the best blog posts to help new grad NPs start 2017 off right. 

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Top 10 Posts for Taking Your Clinical Game to the Next Level

Whether you're a nurse practitioner student or a savvy, experienced NP, there's always room to improve when it comes to clinical knowledge and skills. Over the course of the year, we've written several posts to help up your clinical game. From quick hacks to what to do when you screw up, here are your top 10 favorite clinical posts from 2016 to welcome the New Year. 

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Best Legal Advice for Nurse Practitioners in 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating and are looking forward to what 2017 has to bring. I'm enjoying a Hawaiian vacation to kick off the year, so I'm off to a good start so far! I watched the ball drop, Mai Tai in hand, in the second to last time zone to cling on to 2016. If you could use a few good reads to ring in the New Year, check out our most popular legal posts for nurse practitioners from the past 12 months. 

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