Showing posts from: October 2017

3 Orthopedic Certifications that Help NPs Stand Out

I didn't quite finish up our series on certifications for nurse practitioners last week because it turns out there are a lot of ways for nurse practitioners working in specialty settings to stand out. Although NP degrees are pretty general in nature, there are certification and education options for nurse practitioners working or seeking to work in specialties that help NPs distinguish themselves in these settings. So, if you're a nurse practitioner with an interest or experience in orthopedics, check out these options to help establish yourself as a specialist. 

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Choosing a Stethoscope: A How To Guide

Earlier, I mentioned I'm in the market for a new stethoscope. Mine isn't broken, it works perfectly well, but it's just time. I've had my stethoscope for at least eight years now and, just like with my wardrobe, every so often I could use a change. But, there are so many stethoscopes on the market at so many price ranges, where do I start my search?

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Regulations for Attending an Online NP Program Out-Of-State

I have always assumed that students can attend a nurse practitioner program online in any state.  After all, the whole purpose of online education is to make courses flexible and easily accessible.  But, as I have done more and more research into online nurse practitioner programs, I have come across a few restrictions when it comes to attending an online NP program out-of-state.

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Business Meeting Etiquette- Six Rules of Thumb for NPs

My first nurse practitioner job offer was made over lunch at a local restaurant. Since then, I've met colleagues for coffee and had business meetings related to my work both inside and outside the clinical setting. As a nurse practitioner, I often find these interactions uncomfortable. After all, as a healthcare provider most of my job involves seeing patients, not discussing healthcare reform, financial planning or other business endeavors. This professional discomfort is particularly apparent when it comes time to pay - am I supposed to hand over my credit card?

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What's Up with Continuing Education in Nashville?

Get the scoop on our newest CE offering

Can you believe it's already October? As 2017 winds down and we head toward the holiday season, we're doing some serious planning for the upcoming year here at MidlevelU. We've been working particularly hard to line up our first ever live continuing education conference for nurse practitioners and physician assistants here in our hometown of Nashville, TN. We can't wait for you to see what's in store as we welcome MidlevelU readers to Nashville to meet in person!

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Cardiology Certifications for NPs That Don't Require Another Degree

...because you've been in school long enough

I received an excellent question from a nurse practitioner this weekend. This particular NP reached out about programs that allow nurse practitioners to receive specialty education or acknowledge specialty experience without returning to school for an additional degree. Most nurse practitioner programs offer broad education tracks rather than subspecialty education. So, NPs with focused interests are left to blaze their own trail toward further specialization. 

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Why I Started a Nurse Practitioner Residency

As a new nurse practitioner, I faced a number of challenges after graduation. One was furthering my learning. My days in the clinic were packed and while I was able to get patient care questions answered for the most part, there was little time to adequately internalize and understand this new clinical knowledge in a way I could retain. Not to mention, when I arrived home in the evenings exhausted, reading research articles and studying up on my own were out of the question. My mind by that point in the day was pretty much mush. 

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Pretty in Pink: Scrub Tops for Breast Cancer Awareness

Could your scrub game use some variety? October is the perfect time to have a little fun with work wear if you're a nurse practitioner. Not only is it time to pull out those fall and winter scrub picks you've got stashed away in the back of your closet, it's an excuse to add some pizazz to everyday duds. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, go pink to support the cause. Whether you're into solids and basics, making a statement, or all-over graphics, we've selected our scrub top awareness faves for NPs. 

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What's the Pass Rate for the Acute Care NP Certification Exam?

Whether you’re an aspiring nurse practitioner with a passion for acute care who’s just begun applying to programs or a current NP student preparing for graduation, you likely understand that the certification exam is the culmination to putting your education into practice. If you haven’t already, odds are at some point during your NP education, you’ll have a stressful thought or two about which exam to take and whether you’ll actually pass.

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4 Pink Stethoscopes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking around, there's a lot of orange and black on display for Halloween, but another color is also making an appearance - pink! Yes, it's that time of year again; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only can you as a nurse practitioner support the cause by attending an community event like a 5K for the cure, you can raise awareness in your practice. 

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How Likely are You to Pass the WHNP Certification Exam?

Naturally, if you're a women's health nurse practitioner student nearing the end of your education, you've got the national certification exam on your mind. Between coursework and clinicals, you may not have had much time to devote to studying for this all important test quite yet, but its reality looms. Adding to the pressure you feel is the fact that you can't start working in your new profession until you conquer this challenge. So, just what is the likelihood you'll pass the WHNP certification exam?

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Retirement Planning for Nurse Practitioners - At My Age?!

By Ben Nanney, CPA and CFP

For many of us, traditional retirement can seem like a lifetime away. In fact, if you’re 30 and plan to retire when you reach the standard 65-year mark, retirement is greater than a lifetime away! What’s more, many of you may genuinely enjoy your career and have no plans to ever fully retire. In either case, why bother thinking about retirement? Two reasons: time and freedom.

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