Solving the CMP: Basic Lab Interpretation

When I wrapped up my nurse practitioner program, I remember thinking that I could have used more education around lab interpretation. Which abnormals did I need to worry about? When a lab value came back abnormal, what differential diagnoses could be causing the abnormality? I tell participants in MidlevelU's programs that one could get a PhD in lab interpretation - there can be a high degree of complexity in understanding how some of the physiologic systems involved work. So, we master the basics to start, then build on interpretation ability throughout our careers. 

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Midterm Week Tees for Nurse Practitioner Students

If you're a nurse practitioner student, crunch time is upon you. My guess is that you're gearing up for midterm exams which will be followed all too soon by finals week. If you're dreading the study sessions necessitated this time of year, lift your spirits with a wardrobe selection to match your current situation. Check out these midterm week tees for nurse practitioner students. 

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Tips for Finding a Nurse Practitioner Job Out-of-State

Relocating? Looking for a job in another state, or even across a state, can be a frustrating process. Scheduling interviews becomes a hassle, and employers seem hesitant to hire a candidate residing elsewhere. 

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The Rules for Treating Partners of Patients with STDs

As a nurse practitioner working in the emergency department, I've become accustomed to treating patients for sexually transmitted infections. In fact, I do so nearly every shift I work. While having these sometimes awkward conversations with patients has become much easier, the waters surrounding treatment for the partners of these patients remains murky. Is it allowable to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a patient I have never laid eyes on? What are the legal implications of doing so?

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5 Affordable Online Controlled Substance CME Courses

With my latest employment transition came a reduction in my continuing medical education budget. My time attending annual CME vacations, correction, CME conferences, has come to an end. At least for now. So, when I learned of the State of Tennessee's new regulations requiring nurse practitioners to obtain continuing medical education related to the prescribing of controlled substances, I searched for a more cost effective option than enrolling in a destination conference. 

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5 Ways to Take Your Nurse Practitioner Career Abroad

I've got the itch to travel. Okay, I've always got the itch to travel. Whether it be to hike and camp the Grand Canyon or to lounge on the beach in Australia, you can pretty much count me in as a companion if you've got a trip on the books. One career goal of mine would be to work internationally as a nurse practitioner. Not only would this serve as a cool cultural experience, I'd also like to observe and participate in practicing medicine abroad. 

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6 Things No One Tells You About Being a New Grad NP

I had a baby this year. It's one of those rock-your-world type of life transitions that makes you think and reprioritize. While it's not exactly the same kind of transition as in one's career, it can lead to the same sort of reorganizing and mental processing. I initially published a version of this post several years ago and revisited it after thinking through all of the transitions 2018 has brought. They have made me empathetic for my new grad nurse practitioner colleagues and reawakened me to the feelings that you all with less experience feel in your initial year of practice. 

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Can a Dentist Supervise a Nurse Practitioner?

There are several states in which scope of practice laws for APRNs mention dentists. As a nurse practitioner I had never considered that I might work for or be supervised by a dentist. But, it seems others have at least considered this. Working in the emergency department I do treat a number of oral/dental complaints and make my fair share of referrals to dental clinics. Legally, could I work in a dental practice and/or be supervised by a dentist?

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5 States That Don't Allow NPs to Prescribe Schedule II Drugs

Drugs are divided into categories referred to as 'schedules' based on properties such as their potential for abuse, safety profile and legitimacy as a medical treatment. These schedules range from I to V with schedule I medications being those with an extremely high potential for abuse and no legitimate medical application and with schedule V benig those with a low potntial for abuse. In the overwhelming majority of states, nurse practitioners enjoy the freedom to prescribe drugs in schedules II-V. 

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Do NPs or PAs Have More Freedom?

While the way nurse practitioners and physician assistants work when is comes to patient care looks quite similar, there are regulatory differences between the two professions. Each state has a different set of scope of practice laws, one for NPs and one for PAs. These laws effect how effective and efficient employing these healthcare professionals is in different geographic areas therefore affecting the job market for and salaries of these providers. More practice freedoms usually leads to greater employability and higher salaries. So, do nurse practitioners or physician assistants have more freedom when it comes to scope of practice?

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5 Key Mistakes Women Make in Their NP Careers

As a nurse practitioner I initially assumed that my career path was pretty well laid out for me and that there wasn't much room for advancement or therefore novel career advice. But, then I read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. The book discusses setbacks and mistakes Sandberg often sees women make in their careers from her own high-powered viewpoint and unexpectedly struck a chord with me. 

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Did You Miss Our Nurse Practitioner Residency Info Session?

Did you miss last week's Midlevels for the Medically Underserved info session? If you couldn't make it, we totally understand. Between clinicals and classroom assignments, as a nurse practitioner student you're busy. Not to worry - we're happy to recap the session for you. Despite the chaos that is NP school, it's never too early to think about the step you'll take when you graduate. Where will you work? How will you obtain the training you need as a new grad to continue building a successful foundation for practice?

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