Showing posts from: February 2017

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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Valentine's Cards for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope this excuse to eat chocolate is getting you out of the mid-week slump. My husband and I have decided that we're tired of elbowing our way through crowded restaurants to celebrate the holiday, so we're cooking in. What are you up to? If you could use a little advanced practice humor to get you through the work day, check out these Valentine's cards perfect for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. 

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6 Primary Care Podcasts for Nurse Practitioners On-the-Go

How do you use your downtime? As a nurse practitioner, even with eight years of experience, I often feel that I still have so much to learn. One of the great (but challenging) things about the medical profession is that healthcare is constantly evolving and changing. To help keep up to date with the latest in clinical practice, I often turn to podcasts. These audio education series are the perfect way to put downtime in the car to use and pay off in my practice. 

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Ask These 6 Questions Before Agreeing to Call as a Nurse Practitioner

On-call responsibilities can be a major burden as a nurse practitioner (the dread!). They mean bringing work home with you and the obligation to be on duty after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. Although managing patients by phone can be an inconvenience, the way in which this responsibility is delegated within a practice is the make-or-break factor in determining if taking call is reasonable. If your employer or soon-to-be boss is asking you to accept call responsibilities, ask these six questions first. 

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Are You as Healthy as You Tell Your Patients to Be?

Yesterday, I listened to a motivational interviewing expert present on smoking cessation. She was passionate about her career, an obvious recipe for success. While I'm not a smoker, the topic got me thinking about the advice we give to our patients. Am I practicing what I preach?

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8 Tips to Save Nurse Practitioners from Job Search Disaster

Do you ever worry that the company currently employing you as a nurse practitioner will discover you're looking for a new job? Believe it or not, having a job while looking for another really is an ideal situation. Current employment makes you a more attractive nurse practitioner candidate as it shows to prospective employers that you are hireable and in demand; whereas searching for jobs as an unemployed NP raises questions for potential employers and puts you on the defense as to why you’re not currently in the workforce. 

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I Resolved to Leave Work On Time...

…This is what I did to make it happen 

As a nurse practitioner who has worked in primary care, urgent care and emergency department settings, I can say there are a few challenges common to NPs across the board. Leaving work on time is one of them. Packed schedules have us scrambling from patient to patient with little time left for charting, reviewing lab results, and responding to questions. So, we tack these duties on to the end of our clinical day or bring them home with us. 

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NPs Sound Off on What to Expect in Online Programs

I’ve talked with more than one hundred nurse practitioners who’ve attended online NP programs. Hearing about these student's experiences in school has been quite interesting. Overwhelmingly, most online nurse practitioner grads say the experience wasn’t ideal. Missing out on the camaraderie of the classroom and in-person interaction with professors is difficult to replicate in the virtual environment. So, NPs attending online schools often tell me they feel disconnected. 

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4 Outside-the-Box Job Opportunities for NPs & PAs

Are you growing tired of the same old workday? Do you feel stuck in your nurse practitioner or physician assistant career? Perhaps you've been working in the same clinical setting for a long period of time and your brain is permanently on autopilot. Or, maybe your schedule no longer fits with the needs of your family. Whatever the reason, there comes a time in our lives as NPs and PAs when we need to move on. Fortunately, for healthcare providers there are some exciting and unique opportunities available. Start thinking outside the box when it comes to your next position with opportunities like these. 

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When to Apply for Nurse Practitioner Residency

If you haven't heard about MidlevelU's residency-like program for new nurse practitioners, you can think of the program a bit like Teach for America. Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) matches new grad NPs with facilities working with medically underserved communities across the country. MMU sites agree to be a supportive learning environment for nurse practitioners looking to kick off their careers. A continuing education component rounds out the experience with weekly didactic sessions. Essentially, MMU allows you a smooth transition from education to practice...with purpose! 

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4 Questions to Ask About Your Nurse Practitioner Relocation Package

New beginnings are an exciting and stressful time. Fortunately, for nurse practitioners at such junctures, relocating for a job, employers often help mitigate this stress by providing financial assistance with moving expenses. This moving allowance and the terms of its receipt will be outlined in your employment agreement. Before signing on the dotted line, ask yourself these questions about your relocation package. 

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10 Best Stethoscopes Under $100

Finding the right stethoscope as a nurse practitioner can be a bit tricky. While you want something that provides good overall auscultation to ensure accuracy in examining and assessing your patients, it also should be durable and provide comfortable fit for long days on the job. Fortunately, investing in a great stethoscope doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are our top pick for the 10 best stethoscopes under $100. 

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