Showing posts from: April 2019

The Art of Easing Nurse Practitioner Job Interview Anxiety

The thought of interviewing for a new job can make even experienced nurse practitioners shudder. Convincing an employer you're the best candidate for a position is anxiety provoking. Unknowns about how the interview will be conducted make preparation difficult. As someone who tends to be better with written communication than verbal, any interview, and particularly one for a job, is enough to make me wish I had a prescription for Xanax. 

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Here's a Unique NP Residency Opportunity in Los Angeles

Are you looking for a nurse practitioner residency out west? Are the beaches and ocean of sunny California calling your name? If Los Angeles seems attractive, we just might have a NP residency opportunity that’s right for you. 

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5 Reasons You Didn't Get the NP Raise You Asked For

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable conversation to have. But, if you're a nurse practitioner who thinks you deserve more, taking the initiative to ask is the first step if you truly want to see more dollar signs on your paycheck. So if you’ve bitten the bullet and managed to get through the undoubtedly awkward meeting with your boss, kudos to you! Unfortunately though, no matter how well deserving you thought you were of a raise, your boss may have responded with a resounding "no". 

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Which States Have the Most Male Nurse Practitioners?

The nursing profession has a stereotype of being primarily female. And, well, data shows us that this supposition is valid. When it comes to nurses who have decided to advance their education to become nurse practitioners, however, do these stats hold up? Just how many NPs are female vs. male? The Kaiser Family Foundation collected data as it relates to gender and nurse practitioners state-by-state. Here are their findings related to the percentage of male and female nurse practitioners by geographic location. 

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Are Preceptors Liable for the Actions of Nurse Practitioner Students?

We've all experienced the awkwardness of clinical learning as nurse practitioner students. Mastering the skill set required to work as an NP means practicing on real, live patients even before you are considered proficient at that skill. Anxious, you stutter and sweat as you explain the procedure to the patient, the more experienced eye (hopefully!) of your preceptor looking over your shoulder. 

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Pros and Cons of Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Programs

Recently, a MidlevelU reader posted a question on the message board inquiring about my experience in a nurse practitioner bridge program. She noted that, while I have several articles on the topic of programs for students without a background in healthcare, I hadn’t shared much about my personal experience. Guilty as charged. So, today I’ve decided to pull together my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated programs for NPs, based on my own experiences. 

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Webinar: CMP Interpretation in Primary Care

Join us for sample of what you'll learn in our nurse practitioner residency

There's always room for improvement when it comes to lab interpretation skills. I've been a nurse practitioner for 10 years now and realize everyday that there's growth potential in this area. Lab interpretation is also one thing that nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved tell us they hope to learn as part of the program. 

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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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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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Secrets to Choosing an NP Job You Won't Get Tired Of

When I tell people I work as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, the reaction is often something along the lines of "I bet that's exciting!". While I do love my job, the truth is that working even in the emergency setting does lend itself to a routine. The novelty of the ED wears off, there is a pattern even to the kinds of emergencies an NP can expect to encounter in the department. Nurse practitioners enjoy careers packed with variety and opportunity, but like other professionals are subject to the "more of the same" mentality. So, how do you choose a job you won't get tired of?

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4 Affordable Ways to Get Your DNP

Chatting with a nurse practitioner colleague this weekend, I learned that she is strongly considering going back to school for her DNP degree. Admittedly, I am not thinking about taking the plunge into furthering my education - at least not for now. My initial thought as we discussed her DNP plans was "Ugh...the cost!". Most nurse practitioners won't get a raise along with advancing their degree. So, the move must truly be made in the name of education or taking one's career in a new direction. 

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Latest Apple Watch Series Takes Health Management to the Next Level

The Apple Watch Series 4 is taking health management to a new level. With powerful sensors, Apple claims it’s newest watch is the ultimate device for patients and their providers. Not only is it capable generating an ECG that is comparable to a single-lead electrocardiogram that could detect early indications of irregularity such as AFib but it also has fall detection and Emergency SOS capabilities, amongst many other health related features.  

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