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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How Long Should You Wait to Start Working After NP Graduation?

Most nurse practitioner students maintain jobs as nurses, at least in some capacity, throughout the course of their education. While this is beneficial in that it provides an income during graduate school, the comfort of a reliable job can cause some new nurse practitioners to delay the search for an NP position. Just how long is it OK to wait to find a job working as a nurse practitioner once you finish NP school?

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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 Foolproof Tactics for Expediting Nurse Practitioner Licensure

Applying for and maintaining state licensure is one of the not-so-fun parts of being a nurse practitioner. But, it's necessary in order to practice. If you're a new grad nurse practitioner or an NP relocating to another state, chances are you're facing the challenge of obtaining a new license to practice. Jumping through these paperwork hoops is not only an inconvenience, it can delay your ability to start working and receiving a paycheck.

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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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The Worst Thing NPs Can Say in a New Grad Job Interview

Okay, okay, so there are a lot of 'worst' things you could do in a new grad nurse practitioner job interview. You could lug your infant in a car seat along with you, sparking immediate childcare concerns in the minds of a prospective employer. You could come dressed for an afternoon at the beach, in flip flops and cut-off denim shorts. You could cuss. A lot. But, assuming you've got the basics of job interview protocol and professionalism down, there is still one big mistake less experienced nurse practitioners make in the quest for employment. 

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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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7 Questions to Ask about Your State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Do you look patients up on your state's controlled substance monitoring database before writing prescriptions for these medications? I've long been aware of this resource available to nurse practitioners and other prescribers, however I recently learned that there's a lot more to using these databases than most providers are aware of. Did you know that it may be illegal for you to print out the results of an inquiry into the system? Or, for example, that you may be legally obligated to look a patient up in your state's database before writing certain prescriptions?

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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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