Showing posts from: August 2018

Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen: Which is Better for Fever?

Ahh, the age-old dilemma. When it comes to fever reduction, which works better - acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen? I treat a lot of patients in the emergency department for fever-causing illnesses and recommend OTC medications on a daily (or more like hourly!) basis. But, when it comes to the exact stats for these medications, it can be difficult to remember to answer patients' F.A.Q. Which is better for fever reduction - acetaminophen or ibuprofen? And, how long does each medication take to kick in?

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Should You Recommend OTC Cough and Cold Meds to Kids?

I've always been slightly confused about exactly which over the counter cough and cold medications I should recommend to my patients. There are just so many products on the market. Which ones actually work? Not to mention, it seems like the guidelines for products marketed to patients, especially in pediatrics, are ever-changing. So, what's a nurse practitioner to do?

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How Much Should You Really Borrow for Your NP Education?

Finding a way to pay for your nurse practitioner program is one of the most challenging parts of planning out your education. Though financing with student loans may be necessary, borrowing too much can really limit what you’re able to do with your nurse practitioner salary after graduation. Specifically, it can make it difficult for you to build wealth and have a solid financial future. You might even find yourself in a situation wherein you can’t repay your student loans at all. So how much should you borrow towards your NP education without getting into hot water with your future finances?

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Adult NP vs. Family NP: Which Specialty Should You Choose

Choosing your nurse practitioner specialty is a difficult decision. You are spending precious dollars to further your nursing education and don't want to make a mistake. After all, the specialty you choose to pursue significantly impacts your future job outlook. In thinking through your NP specialty options, beginning with the end in mind is a must.

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How Do You Deal With a Bad Clinical Placement?

I quickly became frustrated with one of my first nurse practitioner program clinical placements. Working alongside a physician in his solo, small town family practice clinic seemed like the ideal place to learn. But, then, I realized he accepted nurse practitioner students as a way to get more help running his clinic- and I don't mean when it came to diagnosing and treating patients.

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5 Words of Wisdom for NP Moms Who Need Encouragement

Without a doubt, being a mom is a wonderful blessing that you wouldn’t trade for the world. It’s one hundred percent true what they say, the love you have for your children is unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. To be perfectly honest, though, parenting is hard. Toppled with the added pressure to also be a great healthcare provider for your patients, as you kiss your baby goodnight one last time and quietly close their bedroom door, on most nights you trudge down the hall feeling physically and emotionally drained. 

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9 Hidden Costs of Nurse Practitioner School Graduation

If you are graduating from your nurse practitioner program this summer, congratulations! You made it! Launching your NP career is an exciting time, but also one filled with anxiety-provoking logistics. Where will you work? How much will you be paid? How do you balance interviewing at multiple facilities? While most nurse practitioners are familiar with the steps of the licensing and job search process, many neglect to consider how much the ordeal will cost. And, yes, it is pricey. 

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How Tough is Passing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam?

If you're a pediatric nurse practitioner student, chance are you're already thinking about the certification exam you'll take when you graduate. Once you've secured your diploma, taking the 'boards' is the next step on the road to eligibility for practice. 

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Creative Date Night Ideas for Cash-Strapped NP Students

Are you and your spouse long overdue for a date night? If you’re a busy nurse practitioner student, committing to regularly scheduled date nights with your significant other can feel impossible to do. And costly. Before you know it, you look back at your calendar to find it’s literally been six months since the last time the two of you had a night out. 

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Crash Course in Cardiac Devices

Have you ever been in the room when a patient's defibrillator fires?  It's pretty crazy.  The scene of a patient lying on a stretcher being delivered repetitive shocks by an implanted cardiac device is one worthy of the dramatic ER stereotype.  Most scenarios in the emergency department are not as exciting as you would think, but witnessing an ICD shock is one that will give you the shivers. 

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