5 Most Expensive FNP Programs

Getting your nurse practitioner degree is pricey no matter where you choose to attend school.  But which family nurse practitioner programs come with the most exorbitant price tags?

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Rare Meningitis Outbreak: What NP's Need to Know

The number of individuals affected by a rare fungal meningitis outbreak has risen to 91 including seven deaths.  Tennessee is the hardest hit state with 32 cases.  Many more individuals are projected to contract the rare disease over the course of the next few weeks.  What do you as a healthcare provider need to know about the outbreak?

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HEALTHeCAREERS Network's Top Five Job Search Tips for Nurse Practitioners

By: Guest Blogger Kaitlin Olson for HEALTHeCAREERS.com

So you’re looking for a job as a nurse practitioner? You’ve heard that there are great employment opportunities for nurse practitioners, but for some reason you still can’t seem to get your job search strategy down. You’re not alone. And if you’re like the many nurse practitioners looking for a fresh start, you need to stand out from the competition. From filling your resume with keywords to using the tools at your disposal, here are five tips to help power your nurse practitioner job search.

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Overwhelmed? What to Do When Your NP Program Becomes Too Much

I follow many nursing blogs and frequently have readers contact me seeking advice on how to make it through their NP programs.  I have observed one major theme in my online interactions with other nurse practitioners and NP students: a lot of us are overwhelmed.  Making it through your nurse practitioner program is frustrating, time consuming and challenging.  The fast pace of the NP education can leave you feeling as if you are drowning.  So how do you make it through?

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Should Providers Refuse to Treat Obese Patients?

Most of us treat a large (no pun intended) number of obese patients.  After all, obesity breeds high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease leading patients to seek medical treatment from physicians and nurse practitioners alike.  One physician in Massachusetts, however has banned obese individuals from her practice telling patients she will not treat people weighing over 200 pounds.

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Best Value Nurse Practitioner Programs: Our Top 5 Picks

Becoming a nurse practitioner is a costly decision (but it will be worth it).  Avoiding unnecessary expense in getting your NP education prevents the headache of paying off a chunk of loans once you graduate leaving you free to enjoy your new career.  If you wish to go about getting your nurse practitioner degree in a financially savvy manner, which schools will offer you a quality education at an affordable price? 

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Honey: Effective for Treatment of Cough?

Cold and flu season is here.  In fact, a bit of a cold has been running through my family this month leading them to text me for treatment advice.  Can I take Sudafed and Mucinex together?  Do you have any codeine-based cough syrup laying around?  We all suffer from an occasional upper respiratory infection.  The annoying runny nose and nagging cough, the knowledge that there is no quick fix accompanied by your decongestant induced haze are enough to drive you up the wall.  Is there a more natural remedy for relief of these pesky symptoms?

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MidlevelU's Nurse Practitioner Program of the Month October 2012

Choosing Georgetown University as our October nurse practitioner program of the month was a no-brainer.  Georgetown's NP program shines on all levels.  Featured as one of our top 5 online nurse practitioner programs we thought Georgetown deserved a closer look.  Offering both online and on campus courses, students from across the country flock to Georgetown (or to their computers) to receive a top nurse practitioner education.

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The Average Nurse Practitioner: How Do You Compare?

Have you ever wondered how you rank compared to the rest of the 155,000 members of the NP population?  Do other nurse practitioners make more or less money than you?  Do your fellow NP's treat more patients than you?  How old are you compared to other nurse practitioners?  Let's find out!

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HIPAA: The Nuts and Bolts

HIPAA details are elusive.  Medical providers verbally pass the word about HIPAA from provider to provider but no one actually reads the specifics of the law.  We all understand the basic gist of HIPAA, don't disclose any patient information to anyone, but sometimes I have more specific questions about the mandate.  Can I tell patient stories to my friends if I don't say the person's name?  What about when the pharmacist calls about changing a medication- is it appropriate for me to name the patient's diagnosis?  I have never actually read a single letter of the HIPAA law so I am doing so today to pick out the highlights. 

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Dansko Scrub Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our Dansko Scrub Giveaway!  Our winner is a new nursing clinical faculty member and wants to present herself in 'stylish and practical srubs'.  She feels it is important that she look professional while still being able to 'get dirty' if needed.  I think these scrubs will be perfect for her in her new nursing faculty role. 

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Leeches and Maggots and Skin Grafts... Oh My!

OK, this didn't actually happen in the ER, but it does fall under the category of 'make you want to barf'.  So, I have decided it is an appropriate addition to the Last Night in the ER series.  Apparently in 2004 the FDA officially approved leeches for use as a 'medical device' which led to one of my grossest NP experiences.

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