Showing posts from: October 2018

An NP's 5 Rules for Being Friends with Coworkers

The emergency department where I work has a very collegial environment. Physicians, NPs and nurses spend time socially with one another., One friend/coworker group, for example, vacationed together at the Hangout Fest music festival in Alabama earlier this year. A Kentucky Derby viewing party is an annual event held in one MD’s home and all ED staff are invited to attend. Yet another group of workplace friends organizes regular lunch meet-ups with an open invitation. While socialization between coworkers is generally positive, I often wonder if the nature of our workplace social structure has the potential to lead to professional pitfalls.

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The Case Against Purdue Pharma

The opioid crisis is a hot topic in today’s news. As prescribers, nurse practitioners find themselves at the center of the crisis. We’re the access point between patients and these medications. Part of our job (and a frustrating part at that!) is to determine who legitimately needs opioids and who might be drug-seeking. It often seems unfair that this burden and part of the responsibility for the crisis is put on us. Recently, however, the manufacturer of OxyContin has also been called to take responsibility for some of the crisis and found itself in serious legal trouble.

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Here's Why It's Tough to Find a Nurse Practitioner Job in the South

Originally from the West Coast, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I relocated south of the Mason Dixon line. There were certainly new foods to try- grits, okra and fried pickles to name a few. Country music, a staple in Tennessee, was one of my favorite discoveries as a result of my move. The charm of the south drew me in, from rolling green hills to hot and humid summers spent at the lake. Once I made my move, I never looked back. 

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