Showing posts from: June 2017

Don't Miss Our First Ever Continuing Education Conference for NPs!

Hello there! How's your weekend going? I've decided I just can't wait any longer to reveal our next project here at MidlevelU. So, I am taking advantage of this rainy Sunday afternoon lounging on my couch with my laptop to share a few details. As a nurse practitioner, I love attending continuing education conferences. Not only are they a solid excuse for a getaway, conferences give us the chance to further our skills as NPs, help us to connect with others in our profession, and renew our career energy. Given my CE love, at MidlevelU we've decided to provide our very own continuing education experience here in Nashville, TN! 

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Are Pharmaceutical Companies Targeting Kids?

As nurse practitioners, we're far too familiar with the influence that drug companies have on our patients. Asking for medications by name, patients often come to us knowing exactly what they want. They are influenced by friends, family, or marketing campaigns. While marketing efforts by pharmaceutical companies aren't inherently a bad thing, drugs help billions of people, the tactics of these companies have been called into question. Recently, the issue has taken on new light given it's effect on increasingly younger populations. 

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.16.17

Woot woot! The weekend is almost here. I've got the Friday blahs, however, as a result of some early mornings along with dreary weather here in Nashville. Some days it's just so hard to get out of bed, right?! So, I'm excited for a weekend of lounging at home - with a few social commitments here and there. It's not a weekend without brunch, after all. What are you up to this weekend? If you've got some downtime, check out this week's medical news on the lighter side. 

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Rediscover Your Reason for Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

I talked with a hospital administrator recently who honed in on something that I think goes largely ignored in the healthcare community. As nurse practitioners, we may not be burnt out, but we do grow frustrated and disillusioned by the challenges we face in our jobs. Our patients can be non-compliant, meaning our time and effort seems to be in vain. We may work with 'difficult' patients - drug seekers, confrontational attitudes etc. Facing these aspects of working in healthcare is enough to leave us critical of our career circumstances. 

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Newsflash! Demand for Nurse Practitioners Higher than Physicians

...Some physicians, anyway

This week, Forbes reported that demand for nurse practitioners is higher than the demand for most physician specialties. Only family physicians, psychiatrists and internists are more highly sought after than NPs in today's job market. Demand for nurse practitioners was higher than that of 15 other physician specialties. Why the changing employment tide?

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Are You Following These 4 Practical Prescribing Principles?

Most often, when I read research articles, I find them interesting, but not directly applicable to my practice. Or, the article presents an interesting perspective, however the research is young and not widely tested. Recently, however, a journal article was recommended to me that proved to be practical and directly applicable to my work as a nurse practitioner. The article? Principles of Conservative Prescribing published in the Archives of Internal Medicine

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8 Gutsy Study Mnemonics for Nurse Practitioner Students

Seven years into my nurse practitioner career, I still recite many of the mnemonics from my nurse practitioner school days. "Female, fat, fertile and forty...", yep, this patient fits the bill for an acute cholecystitis diagnosis... A few simple memorization tricks can make life as an NP student much more manageable. So, next time you're studying for an anatomy final or preparing to be grilled on your next clinical rotation, have a few mnemonics up your sleeve. 

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An NP's 5 Rules for Being Friends with Coworkers

The emergency department where I work has a very collegial environment. Physicians, NPs and nurses spend time socially with one another., One friend/coworker group, for example, vacationed together at the Hangout Fest music festival in Alabama earlier this year. A Kentucky Derby viewing party is an annual event held in one MD’s home and all ED staff are invited to attend. Yet another group of workplace friends organizes regular lunch meet-ups with an open invitation. While socialization between coworkers is generally positive, I often wonder if the nature of our workplace social structure has the potential to lead to professional pitfalls.

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AAFP Objects to Subspecialty Nurse Practitioner Referrals, Thoughts?

As nurse practitioners, we're all well aware that there can be tension between NPs and MDs, particularly when it comes to organizations representing these professions. While nurse practitioners and physicians typically get along well in the workplace, a war wages behind the scenes as to the rights and privileges NPs should be granted. Physicians fight to keep a superior stake in the ground and maintain a hierarchy in medicine. A recent op-ed, I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?, posted on the American Academy of Family Physicians website takes an angle in the argument against nurse practitioners that I hadn't previously considered.

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Weekend Wrap Up 6.2.17

Happy Friday!! It's been a while since I wrapped up the week with a healthcare news roundup. Somehow spring has gotten me out of my usual routine. But, it's time to get back in the game! It's been a busy few months here at MMU. We kicked off our second inaugural nurse practitioner residency class, brought on a new team member, and have had a little time to take in the seasonal sunshine, of course. What have you been up to? 

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