Showing posts from: February 2017

MMU Application Update: When to Apply to Our NP Residency

What are your post-graduation plans? If you're a nurse practitioner or physician assistant wrapping up your program in 2017, there's a lot to consider. Not only must you take your certification exam and apply for a license, you'll also need to find a job (of course!). Landing your first NP or PA position can be tricky. In some locations, employers are hesitant to hire new grads. Other facilities lack valuable support systems to onboard new providers as they continue to grow clinically. For these reasons, new NPs and PAs are increasingly turning to residencies. 

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Does Working as a Nurse Practitioner Give You 'Death Anxiety'?

Seated over a candle-lit dinner on the beach in Aruba a few months ago, I admitted to my husband that I have a suspicion I may die in my 40's from some horrible accident or cancer diagnosis. I don't dwell on this, but feel acutely aware of it's possibility. My grandfather lived to be 103 so most people assume that I will be somewhere around 120 years old when I throw in the towel. But, my experiences in the emergency department (and my love for raw cookie dough and red wine...) leave me unconvinced at times. 

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Protect Your Practice with These 5 Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a beneficial tool for nurse practitioners; providing a way for NPs to not only connect and network with others from the medical community but to seek and gain support from friends, family and other peers after a long day of seeing patients. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the convenience of keeping up with friends and family with a quick scroll through your newsfeed during some well deserved downtime? While it may seem like all fun and games, posting the wrong thing on social media has the potential to seriously harm your career as a nurse practitioner.

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Weekend Wrap Up 2.24.17

Hey, hey, it's Friday! What are you all up to this weekend? The weather is fantastic here in Nashville this late February morning. So, I'm looking forward to some patio sitting tonight - perhaps over chips, guac and a margarita... What's getting you through the workday? If you're prematurely in weekend mode, pass the time by checking out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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Medical Translation App Essentials for Nurse Practitioners

Do you encounter language barriers in your work as a nurse practitioner? As NPs, we care for patients of diverse backgrounds. To get to the root of the problem, it's most helpful to communicate in the patient's native language. When this doesn't occur, valuable information can be lost. Not to mention, federal law requires that healthcare facilities that receive federal funding offer language services to patients who need them. 

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Physician Assistant Program

If you've decided to become a physician assistant, the next step in starting your career is to choose a PA program. With hundreds of physician assistant programs across the country, how do you determine which schools will prepare you best for your future?

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How to Present a Patient to Your Preceptor with Style

Oh the dread! If you're a nurse practitioner student going through a tough round of clinicals, one cause of your education-related anxiety is likely presenting patients to your preceptor. Summing up a patient in a brief on-the-fly presentation is tricky. Although you've written plenty of SOAP notes, nurse practitioner students often struggle with communicating this kind of information verbally. So, how do you neatly package your next patient encounter and deliver the message in a svelte manner? 

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Overwhelmed? How I Cope as a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners at any level of experience can become overwhelmed with their jobs. Increasing patient volumes may challenge even the most efficient NP. Complex clinical cases can be difficult for new grad nurse practitioners to digest. And, starting a new position involving the navigation of different staffing structures and an unfamiliar EHR system can be downright difficult. So, what do you do when your nurse practitioner job becomes overwhelming?

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Washington's Teeth and Lincoln's 'Melancholia': Health Problems of U.S. Presidents

The public image of (most of) our nation's leaders is so skillfully upheld that we often think them immune to common medical issues. Did you ever seen Obama smoke in public? Or deliver a televised speech with a nasally voice while suffering from the common cold? I didn't. It turns out that many of our country's leaders have endured some serious health scares, often in secret.

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Tax Implications of Your Nurse Practitioner Job Offer

I have been procrastinating from getting my tax return materials together for exactly 47 days now. And, there's no end in sight when it comes to my lack of motivation. Sigh. Filing my tax return, or rather gathering all the necessary paperwork just in time for my CPA to file an extension, is exactly the type of thing that requires much less effort than anticipated and the dread it causes is worse than the act itself. I need to get my act together. But, not quite yet...

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The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Handling Upset Patients

Security! Working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, I've encountered my fair share of upset patients. Sometimes, these interactions escalate and require intervention from hospital security staff or are unfounded and based on psychiatric illness or substance abuse to name a few. Most often, however, frustrated patients have a legitimate concerns that deserve acknowledgement. 

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Confessions of a Former New Grad Nurse Practitioner

These days, I think I may even take patients by surprise with my abilities in the emergency department. I look younger than my thirty (ugh) years, or so I am told. So, when I enter a patient's room to suture a laceration or drain an abscess, I get that "Wait! you're the one who's going to be doing this?!" look. Then, when the patient sees the results of a perfectly placed set of sutures it becomes apparent I've done the same job everyday for five plus years. It wasn't always this way. 

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