Take the Needlestick Safety Pledge!

This week at MidlevelU, we are supporting the needlestick saftely movement.  Join thousands of other nurses in signing the Needlestick Safety Pledge.

You will also be entered to win a free iPad!

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The Needlestick Safety Movement

I did not pay close attention to warnings about the possibility of needlestick injuries while I was in my nursing program.  I did not think a needlestick would ever happen to me.  And, well, it hasn't...yet.  As I progress in my nurse practitioner career I witness more and more needlestick injuries among my coworkers and have also had close calls myself. 

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New Feature! Case Study of the Week

 

We are happy to announce we will now be presenting a unique case study each week for your review.  We will try to integrate case studies with current health issues and epidemics that you may encounter in your own practice as a nurse practitioner... and we may just include some really weird medical conditions.  Check out this week's case study discussing the current bordatella pertussis epidemic- you may be seeing it in your practice soon.

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Sleep: How it Affects Your Job Performance

Working in the ER, I am forced into an odd sleep schedule.  This past year, I have been working a lot of 6pm to 2am shifts.  I find that the benefit of the 6pm-2am rather than the traditional 12 hour overnight shift is that I can easily work until 2am without having to waste my afternoon napping.  Unfortunately, I am also not very good at sleeping in resulting in a lot of 5 hour nights of sleep.  Is this lack of sleep affecting my job performance?  Studies (and I) say definitely.

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Choose Wisely: Do You Really Need to Order That Test? Part 2

As I discussed in my blog post on July 10th, the necessity of many routine medical tests along with the need for an annual physical are being called into question.  How do you keep up with current medical guidelines and learn which routine tests may not be necessary?  This year, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched a new program called Choose Wisely.  

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Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician Assistant: Who Has the Better Salary?

So you want to become a nurse practitioner..... or a physician assistant.  The lines between these two professions are becoming increasingly blurred, however some differences do exist.  How do you choose?  I will begin to discuss the differences between these two professions in a series of blog posts.  Lets start with the $$!

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A Day In The Life of An ER Nurse Practitioner

Check out my guest blog post on Nurse Teeny's blog, Makings of A Nurse.  Nurse Teeny has an excellent blog where she documents her nursing experiences.  She is planning to pursue a nurse practitioner degree in the near future. 

A Day In The Life of An ER Nurse Practitioner

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Back to School! 5 Tips for an Enjoyable Nurse Practitioner Program Experience

 

School supplies have begun to line the isles of the Target and Wal-Mart stores near you.  The malls are frantically marking down swimsuits and shorts to make room for Fall boots and jeans.  It is time to start thinking about Back to School.  Are you ready?

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Choose Wisely: Do You Really Need to Order That Test? Part 1

After the New York Times published an article calling into question the necessity of the annual physical, it seems publicity surrounding routine medical testing has flourished.  Individuals and healthcare providers are calling into question the need for routine EKG's, pap smears and colonoscopies.  Most have mixed feelings about this issue.

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Health Insurance Advice For Patients: Where Do You Go?

Do your patients ever ask you for advice on health insurance?  As a nurse practitioner I should know something about health insurance, but to be honest I really don't.  There are so many different insurance companies, plans and networks who has time to become an expert in both medicine and health insurance?  But, for patients, this is an important issue and dictates their ability to pay for their medical care and prescriptions.

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How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Nurse Practitioners?

The news is out- Healthcare Reform has passed.  Whether or not you support Obama's Affordable Care Act, if you work in healthcare, this decision will affect you. 

What Does the Affordable Care Act Promise Nurse Practitioners?

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