Case Study of the Week: Psoriasis

For those of you who are not aware, August is Psoriasis Awareness month.  Psoriasis affects not only an individual's appearance but also their overall health and emotional well-being.  1-2% of the U.S.

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Are Marathons Safe For Runners Over 50?

With each Spring and the beginning of running season comes the inevitable news: sudden cardiac death at the _____ marathon.  It seems to occur in nearly every major marathon across the United States.  So is marathon participation bad for your heart, especially in older participants?  Cardiologist Davinder Jassall says "no". 

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Bedside Manner in the Days of Electronic Health Records

One of my first supervising physicians was notorious for his poor bedside manner, especially as it related to the computer.  A story frequently told when he was away from the clinic went like this:  One day, this particular physician was treating a patient.  He was supposedly documenting in an electronic health record on his laptop as the patient was describing his symptoms.

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New Feature! Medical News Bites

As an NP it can be tough to keep up with the latest breaking medical news.  After work, maintaining relationships with family and friends and the daily tasks that come with life in general, there is little to no time to read the latest medical research articles.  Until now.  Today, I present to you our new feature Medical News Bites.  In this portion of our blog, I will post a quick synopsis of the latest breaking medical research and how it applies to you and your practice.  Do you have a new research study or topic you think is worthy of review?  Let us know!

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Our 5 Favorite Brands of Scrubs

The traditional uniform for all medical personel, scrubs can be straight up boring.  If you do wear scrubs, whether out of an employer requirement or for the convenience of something cheap and easy to wash, where do you find scrubs that don't make you look like you are wearing a ceil blue paper bag?  We have scoured the internet and asked opinions of our col

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A Day in the Life of a Family Nurse Practitioner

Are you interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner?  We have asked FNP Maryellen to share with us her experiences working in family practice.

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What Percentage of NP Students Pass the Certification Exam? See Our NP Program Pass Rate List

After you complete your nurse practitioner degree program, in most states you will need to take a national certification exam before you are eligible to practice.  As we have mentioned in earlier posts, you should be thinking about this exam from the beginning of your nurse practitioner education as passing the exam is essential to your ability to be employed as a NP.  Which schools have the highest pass rates on the national certification exam?  We asked 200 schools for

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How to Drain an Abscess

In lieu of the traditional case study of the week, this week I will highlight a procedure.  If you are a family nurse practitioner, chances are you have drained many abscesses.  If you are an NP student or work in a specialized clinic, you may not yet have experience with this procedure.  It can be very difficult to learn procedures as there are limited o

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How I Found a Job as a Nurse Practitioner Within One Week of Graduation

You started your NP program with the purpose of ultimately working as a nurse practitioner.  Why is it then that so many nurse practitioner program graduates have difficulty finding jobs after graduation?  I think you need to be willing to get creative and do some thinking outside the box.  No, I'm not talking about renting a billboard to advertise yourself, just being a little craftier than other NP graduates entering the job market.  Let me tell you my story.

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How Should NP's Address Weight With Children?

As a nurse practitioner, there are times you really should tell a parent their child is fat.  I am in favor of being upfront and honest, but beginning a routine child physical by calling a kid "fat" doesn't usually lead to open discussion with parents.  It pretty much ends the conversation.

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