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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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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How the Vicious Cycle of Drug Shortages Happens

Have you run into problems getting your hands on lidocaine or other meds recently? From IV fluids to injectable opioid analgesics, the shortage on critical medications have emergency and operating rooms across the country functioning in a constant state of despair. On nearly a daily basis, healthcare providers are often scrambling to find a way to work around its facilities’ crippling supply of essential drugs. The situation is so dire that in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, many providers are fearful of whether they’d be prepared to handle such a demanding event when they’re already drowning in the day-to-day as it is.

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Is House Call Medicine Making its Comeback?

If you’re a sucker for binge-worthy material on Netflix and haven’t seen Call the Midwife yet, you won’t regret putting it on your must-watch list this summer. Set in the postwar era of the early 1950s, Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of one nurse’s experiences at Nonnatus House, home to the nuns of the order and the headquarters for the midwives of East London. While the primary focus of the show is on midwifery, anytime the diverse residents of the community are in need of medical care, without hesitation the nurses and nuns travel via bicycle through the streets of Poplar regardless of the time of day or weather, to tend to their patients in their own homes. 

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The Next Frontier for NPs & PAs: Specialty Practice Models

Nashville, TN where I live and work is a healthcare hub. With a number of large national healthcare corporations in the city along with several major hospitals, there's an interesting mix of business + medical practice. It's always interesting to be exposed to the larger business side of the healthcare community rather than just the patient-facing side I see in my day to day practice as a nurse practitioner. 

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NPs in Canada Can Now Prescribe Pharmaceutical Heroin

In response to it’s growing national opioid crisis, nurse practitioners in Canada have recently been given authority under an amendment to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) to prescribe pharmaceutical grade heroin to their patients, as well as have been given authority to more easily prescribe methadone. 

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A Blogger's Tip Takes Down Silicon Valley Healthcare All-Star

There's never a dull moment in the healthcare world. While our lives as NPs and PAs may seem pretty routine, the industry we've chosen to work in is always changing. My husband also works in healthcare on the business side of things so in our household we like to keep track of the latest and greatest in the industry. One shining star we once followed has recently become more like a black hole. 

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Canada Invests in Nurse Practitioner Growth

We've covered nurse practitioners in Canada here on MidlevelU in the past. NPs aren't prevalent in our neighboring country up north, however the profession is gaining some traction thanks to a recent budget passed in British Columbia. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced yesterday that the province will fund 200 new positions for nurse practitioners to help increase access to healthcare for British Columbians. 

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Can Your Employer Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Throughout the months of October through February, nurse practitioners spend much of their shift treating countless numbers of influenza cases, as patients flock to the clinic in the hopes that there’s still an opportunity to lessen their misery with an antiviral prescription. 

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4 Reasons You'll See More Guys in Nursing This Year

Last week, the New York Times published an interesting piece on nursing, 'Forget About the Stigma: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men'. As a nurse practitioner I work with plenty of dudes and am well aware of the advantages of nursing and advanced practice professions, but I was intrigued by the NY Times' take on the matter. The article dove deeper than most and explored a few key reasons nursing can expect an influx of testosterone in the near future. 

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