Showing posts from: July 2017

Get Social: Top Reasons NPs Should Build a Professional Network

As a nurse practitioner you might think that being part of a professional network is limited to those in the business world on a mission to climb the corporate ladder. But actually, building a professional network as a nurse practitioner is one of the most powerful ways to advance your career and practice. Like the links in a chain, individuals are stronger when they’re connected to one another. While the advantages of a professional network are endless, here are just a few reasons you should go beyond the walls of your clinic or department and build your professional network as a nurse practitioner.

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The NP's Wish List: Stateside CE Conferences for Fall

Is 2017 getting away from you? It seems that way for me. Looking at the calendar the other day, my initial inclination that I had some time for fall planning was quickly proven incorrect. Yes, it is time to start thinking about schedules for October and November. Before you know it, we'll be heading into the holiday season when the days really start to whiz past. So, if you've still got your nurse practitioner continuing education stipend burning a hole in your pocket, it's time to make a decision about which conference you'll attend this year. 

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4 Mistakes Experienced Nurse Practitioners Make in a Job Search

If you're an experienced nurse practitioner, you're in luck. Your job search should be much easier than it was as a new grad now that you've got some real-life practice hours under your belt. Not to mention, you likely have professional connections to help with your search. Whether you've been working as an NP for ten months or ten years, your employment outlook is bright.

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How Much Continuing Education Allowance Should NPs Expect?

A continuing education allowance shouldn't make or break the deal when it comes to your employment contract, but it can certainly be a nice perk. Employers vary when it comes to the amount they set aside for nurse practitioners and continuing education expenses. As an NP, what should you expect?

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Weekend Wrap Up 7.21.17

My typical Friday or Saturday post is an overview of the week's more interesting news stories. Whether they be about a novel healthcare gadget, the recounting of a medical miracle, or simply a must-know healthcare news report, I enjoy keeping up with the latest health happenings. Recently, however, work has been a little crazy and I just can't bring myself to read or listen to the news after a long day. So, today I'm mixing things up. 

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How to Actually Get Hired from a Nurse Practitioner Job Board

Searching for a nurse practitioner job might feel as though you’ve taken on a PRN position in addition to your current work; it can be that time consuming. Although many NPs rely on job boards to assist in their quest for a new opportunity, it’s been debated as to whether or not job boards are not a good way to get hired. The huge volume of applications that are received in response to one single posting can leave you to wonder, is getting hired from a posting off a job board even possible or does your resume just get sent into a black hole?

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The ABCs of Extremity X-Ray Interpretation for NPs

I've previously discussed the ABCDEFGHI's of chest X-ray interpretation, but today wanted to tackle a topic somewhat simpler. Fortunately for nurse practitioners, interpretation of orthopedic extremity X-rays involves fewer steps as there is generally not quite so much anatomy to consider compared with the trunk. While not all NPs interpret their own radiography, it's still essential to have a basic understanding of how the process works. What exactly should you be looking for when you interpret an extremity X-ray?

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6 Things to Know Before Taking a Job in Retail Health

I've worked as a nurse practitioner in retail health a few times during my years as an NP. I've held these positions in a PRN capacity for various reasons. First, with the purchase of my home I wanted to generate a little extra income to indulge in some (obviously necessary) decor. Later, I found myself bored on weekdays off from my ER job and decided extra work on the side would be a productive use of my time. Whatever your reasons for considering a career in retail health, the job has pros and cons. Here's what you need to know before accepting a nurse practitioner position in retail health. 

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8 High Profile Celebrity HIPAA Violations

Living and working Music City, Nashville, TN, I see celebs roaming around town from time to time. A few years ago I frequented the same spin class as Nicole Kidman. My sister-in-law helped Steven Tyler locate an item in the grocery store a few months ago. I unexpectedly shared an elevator with Taylor Swift in a friend's condo building. And, I once spotted Faith Hill in leopard print stilettos at the movie theater.

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Small Mistakes that Cause Big Damage to Your NP Credibility

Although I have worked as a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, I still have a lot to learn. The world of medicine is vast, so it's inevitable that patients will ask questions I don't have an answer to or that I'll need to refer for specialty care. Earlier in my career, I worried that such "I don't know" moments damaged my credibility as a healthcare provider among patients and coworkers alike. I've come to realize, however, that not knowing the answer typically does not put an NP's reputation at stake. Rather, there are a number of mistakes that nurse practitioners make that can damage credibility in a big way. 

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5 Ways Nurse Practitioners Can Cheer Up the Workday

Happy Monday! Going back to work after a summertime weekend can be tough. You're likely find yourself longing to be at the pool or enjoying the great outdoors rather than stuck in a windowless medical office or the hospital. Whether you love or loathe your current position as a nurse practitioner, bad days happen. A combination of stress, overwork and tough cases can leave even the most optimistic NP feeling less than enthused at the end of the day. 

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5 Resources for Billing and Coding Ignorant Nurse Practitioners

As nurse practitioners, we spend the majority of time in our education on clinical content. Treating medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are a focus. While clinical skills and know-how are essential to our careers, our education unfortunately neglects other aspects of the profession. Billing and coding is one such area. After all, it's these skills that ensure we're paid appropriately for the work that we do. 

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