Happy Nurse Practitioner Week + Giveaway!

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week! It's time to celebrate the hard work we put into our careers as NPs an reflect back on our professional accomplishments. As NPs, we are an integral part of our healthcare system, especially as a shortage of physicians presents itself. For nurse practitioners, this means an increasing role and responsibility for patient care, one we have and continue to step up to fill. So, pat yourself on the back today if you're a practicing or aspiring NP. 

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4 Written Resources for Lab Interpretation

Our last post talked apps for lab interpretation. While apps are convenient and take up only virtual storage space, we totally side with nurse practitioners who prefer more tangible clinical resources. If you're a book-loving NP, there are a number of helpful references out there to guide you in ordering and interpreting lab studies. Which pack the most punch in the clinical setting?

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Weekend Wrap Up 11.10.17

Happy Veteran's Day weekend! What do you have in store for the next few days? The crisp fall weather paired with sunshine here in Nashville has me motivated to work on a few projects around the house. I'm in to-do list checkoff mode right now and plan to make some significant progress on my tasks. Paired with a social engagement or two, I think a pretty good Saturday is in store. If you could use some reading material to make it through to the weekend, check out this week's more interesting medical news. 

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The Rules for Delivering Bad News to Patients

I've talked to some colleagues recently who've been a little down about their roles as nurse practitioners. Working in family practice, they have found themselves in the position of delivering bad or upsetting news to their patients. Cancer diagnoses were fortunately made rather than missed, but letting a patient know they've got a serious, life-altering illness or condition is tough, not to mention, this is not something most of us as NPs learn to do in school. 

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How to Prepare the Night Before Your NP Job Interview

Tomorrow is the big day. The day you’ve been thinking about all week; your job interview for a new position as a nurse practitioner. Over the last few days, you’ve (hopefully) taken the time to study over the job requirements, made a comparative list of your qualifications and have come up with a few examples of how your NP experience relates to this position; you’ve even perfected how you’ll answer certain questions the interviewer may ask. 

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5 Foolproof Steps to Enjoying Your Nurse Practitioner Career

My first year as a nurse practitioner, I had some doubts about my career path. Anxious about the skills I needed to acquire to excel on the job, lacking confidence as a new graduate, and frustrated with my employer, there were a lot of factors causing me to question my decision to become an NP. Was this really the right job and ultimately career trajectory for me?

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3 Things You'll Learn at 'What's Up with Primary Care Emergencies?!'

It's almost mid-November and with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I also get the feeling that the year is winding down. Once Thanksgiving week comes, the holiday season takes over and it's all I can do to squeeze in work, shopping, social engagements and all that comes with Christmas time. But, before holiday madness and distractions take over, I plan to get a few productive works weeks in and do some planning to get myself organized in preparation for 2018. 

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Essential NP Residency Info: Live MMU Q&A

Are you nervous about your first job after NP school? If you find yourself with a little anxiety about your upcoming nurse practitioner graduation, you're not alone. New NPs face a lot of challenges. Where will you find a job? Or, will you be able to find a job? Once you do land employment, will you have the support you need in your first position? There's a lot of learning to do as a new nurse practitioner and finding a position that's supportive of you in your inexperience is essential.

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Relocating for a Nurse Practitioner Job? Don't Forget to Budget!

Relocating for a nurse practitioner job can make for a very exciting adventure, especially if you’re a new grad NP. Not only do you have a fresh start in a new career, but exploring the sights and attractions of a new city can make relocating for a job feel like a dream come true. That is, until you start seeing just how much moving is going to set you back financially. 

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What's the Primary Care NP's Role in Managing CKD Patients?

Some of the nurse practitioners participating in Midlevels for the Medically Underserved recently let me know that they see a lot of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Whether these patients are presenting for management of CKD itself or another issue, management and treatment of patients with such chronic comorbidities can be complex. Prescribing, for example, reaches a new level of complexity as the NP must decide which medications and at what doses and intervals are appropriate for the CKD patient. 

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The Myth of Health Coaching in Primary Care

I recently talked with a new grad nurse practitioner who shared some frustrations with me about her first NP job. As a family nurse practitioner, she envisioned herself talking with patients about their health status, counseling them about diet and exercise, and ultimately making an impact on her patient's overall health. Instead, she finds herself crunched for time, managing long medication lists, and ordering an endless string of labs. 

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3 Orthopedic Certifications that Help NPs Stand Out

I didn't quite finish up our series on certifications for nurse practitioners last week because it turns out there are a lot of ways for nurse practitioners working in specialty settings to stand out. Although NP degrees are pretty general in nature, there are certification and education options for nurse practitioners working or seeking to work in specialties that help NPs distinguish themselves in these settings. So, if you're a nurse practitioner with an interest or experience in orthopedics, check out these options to help establish yourself as a specialist. 

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