Showing posts from: September 2017

Planning Ahead: The Beginner's Guide to NP Licensure Renewal

Keeping your credentials up to date is a must as a nurse practitioner. In fact, it seems as though the minute you finally receive your certification and license to practice as an NP, you must start thinking about a future renewal. Navigating the logistics of licensure and certification renewal can be confusing and must be planned in advance. Neglecting to do so could leave you with a mountain of continuing education hours to complete at the last minute. So, here's a quick guide outlining the timelines and requirements nurse practitioners must be aware of. 

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Congrats, MMU Residency Grads!

What a year! It seems like just yesterday we welcomed our inaugural Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class to MidlevelU HQ here in Nashville, TN. To kickoff the year-long residency-like program for our adventurous first cohort of nurse practitioners, we practiced suturing skills, office procedures and talked practice basics that are often overlooked as part of the nurse practitioner education (check out some footage from the event here). Then, we went our separate ways spreading out to clinics located across the country to provide care for patients who need it most. 

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5 Tips for Starting Your NP Program Off on the Right Foot

If you're heading into a nurse practitioner program this year, congrats! Making the decision to further your education isn't an easy one. Your motivation and enthusiasm will take you far as you kick off the semester. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to stay focused as the school year wears on. To set yourself up for nurse practitioner school success, here is some advice based on my own NP program experience. 

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NPs Poised for Critical Role in Women's Health

We talk a lot about the primary care shortage in our country, but did you know there's also a women's health crisis on the horizon? The number of OB-GYNs practicing in the United States is not expected to keep up with demand. Not only is our population growing, practice patterns among physicians in the field are changing, leaving women looking for care. While many are simply adding the OB/GYN shortage to the ever-growing list of healthcare problems in our country, there is a solution to helping women get care - nurse practitioners, of course. 

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How Accurate are Rapid Strep Tests?

With an estimated seven million Americans seeking medical treatment for sore throats annually, it’s a safe bet that as a nurse practitioner you will treat your fair share of patients with swollen glands and tonsils. Sore throats are often the first sign of an impending illness; but sudden and severe sore throats combined with fever are the telltale sign of a more serious, yet common illness known as Group A Streptococcus or strep pharyngitis. With just one in ten cases of pharyngitis caused by strep, how do you make an accurate diagnosis?

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5 Things You Shouldn't Sweat as a Nurse Practitioner New Grad

I remember life as a new graduate nurse practitioner all too painfully well. Upon graduating from my NP program, I squeezed a much needed tropical getaway into the four day break I had between my the end of my academic and beginning of my professional careers. Then, I marched through the tall glass doors of the clinic where I was newly employed ready for day one as a nurse practitioner. 

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Don't Miss Our Live NP Residency Info Session!

I am so excited for the rest of this week. Tomorrow, our newest Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) cohort will converge at MidlevelU headquarters in Nashville, TN for two days featuring a lot continuing education and, yes, a little bit of fun. On the agenda for the kickoff is an ECG interpretation course taught by an electrophysiology NP, suturing skills lecture and practice, training in minor office procedures with hands-on practice, orthopedic X-ray interpretation and much, much more! 

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What's the Difference Between the ANCC and PNCB Certification Exams?

After graduation, pediatric nurse practitioners have the option to earn certification from one of two governing boards: the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The decision about which exam to take can be daunting. After all, NPs must be certified in order to land a first job. What exactly are the differences between the two tests for pediatric nurse practitioners?

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An FBI Hostage Negotiator Gives Advice for Getting the NP Salary You Want

I love action movies. Anything with war, drug trafficking, a hero and heroine uniting in dramatic fashion despite a spray of machine gun fire - yes, that's the flick for me. So, when a family member suggested I read former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss' book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, I was game. I figured that if I was going to read a book on professional development, it might as well be one authored by someone with some interesting stories and utmost credibility. With experience in high-stakes negotiation with bank robbers, terrorists, and international kidnappers, Voss fit the bill. 

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3 Apps to Help Your Patients With Medication Management

Even though I have been a nurse practitioner for a number of years, I don't think I ever fully appreciated how difficult it can be for patients to manage a medication regimen until recently. Given that a few individuals close to myself have found themselves in similar situations, prescribed numerous meds, the problem now seems closer to home. Some drugs must be taken with food, and others without. Medications may be prescribed one, two, three, or even four times a day making taking each pill at the appropriate time nearly impossible. In yet other cases, drugs must be refrigerated, which makes taking them on the go a challenge. 

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Do You Give Your Family and Friends Medical Advice?

My father is a physician, so I was used to family and friends constantly calling our home asking a health question or two. As a kid, I enjoyed the benefits of having a parent in healthcare. I rarely went to my pediatrician, and rather was diagnosed with a viral illness here and there from the comfort of our living room sofa. Over the counter medications along with a prescription or two, were stockpiled in our cabinets. I was even taken in the back entrance of the hospital for an off-the-record X-ray or two after sports related injuries. 

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How Much Time Are You Wasting on Your Phone at Work?

Let’s face it. How many of us can openly admit that when we grab our phones in the morning to check our work emails, we find ourselves mindlessly checking our Facebook notifications instead? And raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in sheer panic mode because your phone is nowhere to be found? Whether you want to admit it or not, we are all addicted to our phones and it's had a resounding affect on our productivity in the workplace. 

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