Showing posts from: December 2018

Here's How to React if Your Boss Changes Your Schedule

A few months ago, I woke to an email announcing that the schedule for NPs and PAs in my department had changed. Effective Monday, the 3pm shift now started at Noon. "WTF?!" I thought, "Thanks for the advance notice". It was as if my employer completely disregarded the fact that I might actually have something other than work going on in my life. The showing up a few hours earlier wasn't in reality a big deal to me compared with the disregard for my personal time.

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Contract Review Services for Advanced Practice Providers

Physician Assistants (PAs) fill an ever-expanding role within the healthcare field. In the last five or six years alone, the profession has grown tremendously. Whereas ten years ago it was hit or miss as to whether people knew what PAs were and what role they filled, today the general public is well-aware of the profession and the majority of us have even been treated by a PA at least once. All of this is to say – PAs are essential to the healthcare industry, and their star continues to rise.

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7 Holiday Gifts Your Coworkers Will Actually Want

A cookie swap can be a great way to ring in the season on-the-job. But, let's be honest - this time of year we already find ourselves over-indulging. And, there may be a coworker or two that you want to do a little something extra for. Coworker gifts tend to fall on the 'junky' side as they're typically on the lower end of the gifting price range. So, if you're a nurse practitioner looking to spread some cheer around the hospital or clinic this year, we've curated a list of gifts your colleagues will actually like. 

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Trump Administration Gives Shout-Out to NPs

Whether you're a lover or a hater, the Trump administration undeniably gave a shout-out to nurse practitioners and physician assistants this week. In a press release titled "Reforming America's Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition", the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Labor asked for changes to the current healthcare workforce, including the way NPs and PAs are allowed to practice. 

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These Western FNP Programs Provide Clinical Placements for NP Students

Securing a clinical placement site on your own can be a challenge. Fortunately, many FNP programs across the country are willing to lend a helping hand. If you’re looking to attend a program in the western region of the states, here are seven Family Nurse Practitioner programs that provide clinical placements for their students.

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7 White Elephant Gifts for Your Clinic's Holiday Party

Is anyone else overwhelmed by the number of holiday events you've already attended this season? Chances are you have a least one obligatory company Christmas party this month. Regardless of if you're a nurse practitioner who turns into the Grinch or Buddy the Elf this time of year, mix and mingling with coworkers outside of the break room can be a fun way to boost clinic morale; but throw a white elephant gift exchange into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of an office party! 

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What to do if You're Asked to Prescribe Suboxone

As part of an effort to curb our country's opioid crisis, in 2016 former President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The Act grants nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone) to a limited number of patients upon completion of a training course. As a result, many healthcare employers are now asking nurse practitioners to complete this training and add prescribing Suboxone to the list of services they offer. NPs I talk with have mixed feelings about the issue. 

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How Do NP and PA Salaries Compare by State?

I'm often asked questions about the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions and how they relate. In what way are roles for NPs and PAs different? How does the nurse practitioner education compare with that of a physician assistant? And, of course, there's the inevitable salary question - how does compensation for NPs and PAs compare? Since salaries vary significantly by location, it can be helpful to answer that last question by looking at compensation data for each specific state.

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Resume Mistakes We're Surprised (Even Experienced) NPs Make

If there's one thing I do a lot of here at MidlevelU, its review resumes. Whether I'm providing guidance to a job-seeking nurse practitioner, to an NP applying to our programs, helping out an employer or as a favor to a colleague, over the past few years I've looked at hundreds of nurse practitioner resumes. There are certainly a number of accomplished, motivated NPs out there, but I'm consistently shocked at how poorly some showcase their education and experience. Come on all, you have a graduate degree, you should know how to use capital letters correctly, right?!

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Treating Pesky Triglycerides: A Lipid NP's Take

By Guest Contributor Justin Groce MSN,NP-C,CSCS

With cardiovascular disease being the main cause of mortality in the United States it’s no wonder that statins and other lipid-lowering agents have become the victim of both positive and negative attitudes.  Although low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) have become the forefront target of treatment in regards to lipids one must wonder why triglycerides (TGs) take the backseat.

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A Sneak Peek at My Productivity-Maximizing Calendar

I like to think I'm a pretty efficient person. If there's a hack out there to help get day-to-day jobs done more quickly, I'm on top of it. Now that I'm balancing MidlevelU, clinical practice and motherhood, I find that time is a major commodity. I've got to be hyper-vigilant about how I spend my time or else the day gets away from me and it's difficult to catch up. This newfound time crunch has promted me to fine-tune my productivity skills and schedule. I think I've come up with a pretty good system, so I though I'd share it with you because, well, nurse practitioners are busy people! 

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How to Become a Speaker at NP Conferences

One thing I really enjoy doing as part of my career is speaking. There's something exciting about getting to the place in your career where you're an expert and you get the opportunity to share your hard-earned knowledge with others. Not to mention, speaking at conferences adds some variety to the usual day-to-day of your clinical life. So, how do you get started with speaking gigs?

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