Why Your Patients Quit Taking Their Meds

A pharmacist's insight on patient adherence 

By Guest Author Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS

Patient adherence is not the sexiest topic on the planet, but you must understand how prevalent this problem is. You can be the smartest clinician on the planet and select the most appropriate medication for your patient every time, but does it really matter if they don’t take it? 

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Speaking @ Psych Congress Recap

Hey, hey. What have you been up to? This past week I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Psych Congress conference along with Dr. Clay Jackson. I was glad to meet a few of you there in person! I'm not a psychiatric provider so I loved connecting with providers in the specialty and getting a well rounded practice perspective. If there's one thing I noticed, it's that my presentation topic, burnout, is one relevant to providers of all types practicing in all kinds of specialties. If you missed Psych Congress this year, my talk was recapped by Healio's Psychiatric Annals. You can check it out here.

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Pumpkin Carving 101 for Nurse Practitioners

My resolve to pass on the bowl full of Halloween candy sitting temptingly at the nurses' station during my overnight shift in the emergency department last night lasted all of about 10 minutes. Who can resist mini Twix at 3am...and Kit Kats...and M&Ms (because you're only going to eat half the bag to keep you awake on your early morning commute home)? 

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Nurse Practitioners

You obviously can't show up for a Halloween party in your scrubs dressed as a 'doctor' or 'nurse' because that would be totally lame. And, let's be honest, your scrubs are probably contaminated with MRSA. I would also shy away from the sexy Ebola nurse costumes that flooded the Halloween market a few years ago. If you are hoping to embrace your inner science nerd and medical know-how with your disguise this Halloween, check out the following DIY costume ideas.

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11 East Coast FNP Programs that Find You Clinical Sites

If you’re just beginning the process of planning out your family nurse practitioner education, it’s imperative that you consider whether or not the schools you’re interested in help students find sites for their clinical rotations. Though clinicals aren’t completed until the latter portion of your education, securing your own preceptors and sites be a real challenge, and in some cases, the inability to do so in a timely manner can detrimental to the completion of your program, causing you to have to delay graduation and ultimately, your career plans. 

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Midwest FNP Programs that Find Clinical Placements for Students

The clinical experience component of your nurse practitioner program is hands-down, the most important part of your education. Every nurse practitioner program requires that students complete clinical hours in multiple sites and often in different areas of practice. While some programs will help students secure sites, others will not, which can be a very frustrating task for NP students to do all on their own. If you haven’t yet selected which FNP program you’ll attend and are considering schools in the Midwest, here are four programs that secure clinical placement sites for their students.

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This is the Key to Meeting Your Employer's Expectations

Setting yourself up for success in practice

Alright, here’s the reality. As a nurse practitioner, particularly if you’re a new grad, you’re going to have a lot, and I mean a lot, of questions on the job. You probably won’t practice as efficiently as your employer would like you to. You’re under significant pressure to increase productivity. You’re trying the hardest you can and still falling short. This is a scenario I hear all too often from the nurse practitioners I talk with - I’ve been there, too. 

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The Non-Annoying Plan for Following Up After a Nurse Practitioner Interview

I get a lot of questions from nurse practitioners facing a job transition. One piece of advice they often seek relates to following up after an interview. If you are applying to nurse practitioner jobs, naturally you're eagerly awaiting a post-interview decision. But, following up to soon or too often may be misinterpreted as being pushy, pesky, or downright annoying. 

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How Likely are Nurse Practitioners to Receive NHSC Loan Repayment?

For some students, becoming a nurse practitioner requires taking on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. While advancing your career is ultimately worth the investment, paying back such a large sum of money can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are several options for healthcare providers looking for assistance repaying student loans. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is one of the better known programs offering up to $50,000 in loan repayment to nurse practitioners for a two-year service commitment. 

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An Inside Look Into Life as an Army Nurse

Have you ever wanted to take your career to the limit? Or, at least try something totally new? As a nurse practitioner, I've heard of nurses working in the military or NPs stationed overseas through the U.S. Department of State but I've never gotten an up close look into these types of unique career experiences. Until today. 

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5 Oncology Certification Options for Nurse Practitioners

We're continuing the conversation here on the MidlevelU blog about certifications for nurse practitioners that don't require an additional degree. If you're an NP working in a specialty, achieving certification or specialty training can help you distinguish yourself as a provider with a specific skill set. So far this week we've touched on certifications for cardiology NPs and nurse practitioners working in dermatology. Today, we'll look at options for oncology nurse practitioners

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Nurse Practitioner Residency Application Deadline Approaching!

Have you thought about next steps following your nurse practitioner school graduation this winter? Or, maybe you finished your NP program this spring and are still trying to figure out what your first move as a newly minted nurse practitioner will be? If you've already graduated, or are graduating from a nurse practitioner program in 2019, a residency or fellowship is a great way to build a clinical foundation for the rest of your career. 

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