Spotted: Athleisure + Scrubs

Those who know me personally understand my preference for leisure wear. Forget business casual, I prefer a professional setting where yoga pants are allowed. Frankly, the ability to wear scrubs working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department is a major contributor to my job satisfaction. Scrubs are comfy, don't require dry cleaning, inexpensive, and have an expandable waistband. What more could one ask for?

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An Inside Look at Nurse Practitioner Residency Life

Our first Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU) class is well underway. If you haven't yet heard of MMU, you can think about the program similar to a residency for nurse practitioners. MMU matches less experienced NPs with facilities capable of supporting new grads in medically underserved areas across the country. As a group, MMU participants support each other throughout the ups and downs of new grad life, and join in opportunities to further clinical learning along the way. 

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Do You Get Admin Time as a Nurse Practitioner?

I recently talked with a group of primary care nurse practitioners who expressed frustration about the amount of time they spend on work after the clinic doors close for the day. Working as a nurse practitioner means a lot more than interacting directly with patients. It means, well paperwork. From reviewing lab results to completing prior authorizations for medications, the behind the scenes activities of healthcare providers consume a lot of time. The NPs I talked with find themselves spending up to two hours every evening working on such tasks outside of normal hours

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3 Stats that Show NPs are Changing the Primary Care Workforce

I got off on a tangent somehow this morning. In the midst of preparing for a continuing education presentation, my Googling got off track and click, click, click, I landed on an article totally off the topic of ‘prescribing considerations in primary care’. The New England Journal of Medicine’s Rethinking the Primary Care Workforce - An Expanded Role for Nurses shared some compelling statistics about the future of healthcare delivery in our country. Since these stats were interesting enough to divert my attention this morning, I felt compelled to share them. 

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Does Working as a Nurse Practitioner Give You 'Death Anxiety'?

Seated over a candle-lit dinner on the beach in Aruba a few months ago, I admitted to my husband that I have a suspicion I may die in my 40's from some horrible accident or cancer diagnosis. I don't dwell on this, but feel acutely aware of it's possibility. My grandfather lived to be 103 so most people assume that I will be somewhere around 120 years old when I throw in the towel. But, my experiences in the emergency department (and my love for raw cookie dough and red wine...) leave me unconvinced at times. 

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Protect Your Practice with These 5 Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a beneficial tool for nurse practitioners; providing a way for NPs to not only connect and network with others from the medical community but to seek and gain support from friends, family and other peers after a long day of seeing patients. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the convenience of keeping up with friends and family with a quick scroll through your newsfeed during some well deserved downtime? While it may seem like all fun and games, posting the wrong thing on social media has the potential to seriously harm your career as a nurse practitioner.

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Medical Translation App Essentials for Nurse Practitioners

Do you encounter language barriers in your work as a nurse practitioner? As NPs, we care for patients of diverse backgrounds. To get to the root of the problem, it's most helpful to communicate in the patient's native language. When this doesn't occur, valuable information can be lost. Not to mention, federal law requires that healthcare facilities that receive federal funding offer language services to patients who need them. 

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Overwhelmed? How I Cope as a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners at any level of experience can become overwhelmed with their jobs. Increasing patient volumes may challenge even the most efficient NP. Complex clinical cases can be difficult for new grad nurse practitioners to digest. And, starting a new position involving the navigation of different staffing structures and an unfamiliar EHR system can be downright difficult. So, what do you do when your nurse practitioner job becomes overwhelming?

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The Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Handling Upset Patients

Security! Working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department, I've encountered my fair share of upset patients. Sometimes, these interactions escalate and require intervention from hospital security staff or are unfounded and based on psychiatric illness or substance abuse to name a few. Most often, however, frustrated patients have a legitimate concerns that deserve acknowledgement. 

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Confessions of a Former New Grad Nurse Practitioner

These days, I think I may even take patients by surprise with my abilities in the emergency department. I look younger than my thirty (ugh) years, or so I am told. So, when I enter a patient's room to suture a laceration or drain an abscess, I get that "Wait! you're the one who's going to be doing this?!" look. Then, when the patient sees the results of a perfectly placed set of sutures it becomes apparent I've done the same job everyday for five plus years. It wasn't always this way. 

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