Showing posts from: May 2017

Don't Miss These Important Deadlines for NHSC Loan Repayment

Chances are that as a Nurse Practitioner, you’ve probably heard of the National Health Service Corps’ Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP), which awards licensed healthcare professionals up to $50,000 to use towards student loans. In exchange, providers commit two years to treating underserved patients in a health professional shortage area. 

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Father's Day Gifts for the Nurse Practitioner Dad

Another Father’s Day is upon us and unlike mom’s, who are usually content with a little pampering or spending quality time with family on Mother’s Day, finding the perfect gift for dad can be a bit more difficult. Of course, a handmade gift from the kids is always appreciated and cherished by any parent, but perhaps you are the wife or an adult child of an awesome dad who also happens to be a Nurse Practitioner.

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How Much Will a Nurse Practitioner Education Really Cost You?

Cost is most certainly a factor in the decision to further your nursing career. While there are plenty of loans available to prospective NPs, eventually these must be paid back to the lending institution. The amount you borrow isn't the actual amount you must plan to repay. Interest accrues over the course of your loan meaning the actual cost of becoming a nurse practitioner is far higher than published tuition rates. How much will your NP program really cost you?

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What Do You Need to Know About Malpractice Tail Coverage?

I am officially getting a new employer.  No, I'm not switching actual jobs, just transitioning from an employee of a small, local company to working for a large, national staffing organization.  While I expect my position, salary and benefits will be similar with my new employer, there are a few things I need to have in order for my job transition.  Any time you take on a new NP position you need to pay close attention to your malpractice coverage.

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Everything You Need to Know About Nurse Practitioner Certification

Taking your nurse practitioner certification exam is the culmination of your NP education. Do you have what it takes to practice as an NP, or not? While the nurse practitioner certification process can be confusing and stressful to say the least, knowing what you're up against can give you an edge in the process. 

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Beer's List- Medications You Shouldn't Give to Old People

Do you ever get stumped when it comes to prescribing medications for the elderly? Or, maybe you just don't know what you don't know concerning drugs and old people. It seems like some of the most common feedback my colleagues and I working in the emergency department receive from primary care providers relates to prescribing in the elderly population. 

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Blame North Carolina's Medicaid Policies for the Tough New Grad Job Market

New graduate nurse practitioners inevitably face challenges when it comes to the job market in many locations. Without experience in the provider role, employers can be understandably hesitant to hire. Lack of experience, however, is not the only thing hindering new grad NPs in the job market. Other factors like state scope of practice regulations and payer policies play a role. One such scenario is currently playing out in North Carolina. 

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Beyond Wikipedia: Keeping Up With Evidence-Based Practice

Keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is no easy feat. Medicine is always changing and as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant you are always running into new clinical situations. Even the brightest clinicians have questions at times. So, where should NPs and PAs turn for the latest reliable clinical information?

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The Clutch Answer to Any NP Program Interview Question

Spring is the perfect time to get started on your nurse practitioner program applications due this fall. After all, writing personal statements isn't quite as taxing if done while laying by the pool, right? As you wade through the different pieces of your NP program application, it's not to early to start thinking about the next steps in the application process including a potential in-person or phone based admissions interview. 

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Is Working as a Correctional Nurse Practitioner Safe?

Is anyone else watching Orange Is the New Black on Netflix? The show takes place in a women's prison chronicling the fictional lives of women behind bars. Having never walked through the doors of a prison myself, my misconceptions I'm sure are many. One thing that takes me by surprise while watching the show is the casual nature with which guards and inmates interact. Rarely are there shackles present, but rather inmates roam about the facility, hands free, going about their daily routines. 

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Key Guidelines for Your Nurse Practitioner Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter when you're on the hunt for a nurse practitioner job can often feel awkward and intimidating. The anguish of it might even make you reconsider your quest for a new job altogether. “Why, oh why, can’t my resume or CV be enough?”, you might ask yourself as you curl up into a ball of dread behind the computer screen. 

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Clinical Hack: The Ring String Trick

Working in the emergency department, one of my favorite cases to treat is rings stuck on swollen fingers. While it doesn't happen everyday, there's something gratifying about the opportunity to grind through a ring on a finger that is steadily turning bluer and bluer.

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