Showing posts from: April 2017

The 5 Most Expensive BS/MS Physician Assistant Programs

While the traditional route to become a physician assistant can take years to complete, accelerated degree programs have become more common at universities and colleges across the nation. The combined degree programs allow high school graduates to enter at the freshman level and earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation; with most curriculum plans taking about five years to complete. 

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Does Anyone Actually Know How NPs are Allowed to Practice?

I'm at a pharmacology conference in Chicago this week with a friend and former NP school classmate. My friend, Ann, is a family nurse practitioner who has been working in a cardiology practice for the past six years. Ann is pretty much an amazing and inspiring NP. Within cardiology, she has honed her skills in electrophysiology and does all things palpitations, pacemakers, and defibrillators

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Is the NP Certification Exam Getting More Difficult?

The nurse practitioner profession is a rather young one. The changes we constantly see when it comes to professional regulations and policies are a byproduct of being a part of a developing profession. In just the past few years, for example, we've seen nurse practitioner specialty designations change and divide. 

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Medical Records: What Must be Included From a Prescribing Standpoint?

While prescribing controlled substances is a common part of nurse practitioner practice, it must be done with caution. NPs that don't back up the prescriptions they write with timely, accurate documentation can get themselves into a sticky situation with their employer, regulatory board, or the DEA. What needs to be included in your documentation when you prescribe controlled substances as a nurse practitioner? 

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5 Affordable Online Controlled Substance CME Courses

With my latest employment transition came a reduction in my continuing medical education budget. My time attending annual CME vacations, correction, CME conferences, has come to an end. At least for now. So, when I learned of the State of Tennessee's new regulations requiring nurse practitioners to obtain continuing medical education related to the prescribing of controlled substances, I searched for a more cost effective option than enrolling in a destination conference. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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9 Hidden Costs of Nurse Practitioner School Graduation

If you are graduating from your nurse practitioner program this spring or summer, congratulations! You made it! Launching your NP career is an exciting time, but also one filled with anxiety-provoking logistics. Where will you work? How much will you be paid? How do you balance interviewing at multiple facilities? While most nurse practitioners are familiar with the steps of the licensing and job search process, many neglect to consider how much the ordeal will cost. And, yes, it is pricey. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 4.2.17

Hey, hey, it's Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? I opened my laptop yesterday to start writing this post. The draw of sand and sun, however quickly had me moving on to other activities. I'm away for a long weekend vacationing in Florida before heading off to chilly Chicago for a pharmacology conference. A weekend of restful nights, relaxing afternoons, and good eats has been exactly what I've needed after a crazy month at work. If you could use some reading material for your weekend of R&R, check out this week's medical news stories on the lite side. 

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